anthrax

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noun an·thrax \ˈan-ˌthraks\

Definition of anthrax

  1. :  an infectious disease of warm-blooded animals (as cattle and sheep) caused by a spore-forming bacterium (Bacillus anthracis), transmissible to humans especially by the handling of infected products (as wool), and characterized by cutaneous ulcerating nodules or by often fatal lesions in the lungs; also :  the bacterium causing anthrax

Origin and Etymology of anthrax

Middle English antrax carbuncle, from Latin anthrax, from Greek, coal, carbuncle


First Known Use: 1861


ANTHRAX Defined for English Language Learners

anthrax

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noun an·thrax \ˈan-ˌthraks\

Definition of anthrax for English Language Learners

  • : a serious disease that affects animals (such as cattle and sheep) and sometimes people


ANTHRAX Defined for Kids

anthrax

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noun an·thrax \ˈan-ˌthraks\

Definition of anthrax for Students

  1. :  a serious bacterial disease of warm-blooded animals (as sheep) that can affect humans


Medical Dictionary

anthrax

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noun an·thrax \ˈan-ˌthraks\

Medical Definition of anthrax

plural

anthraces

\-thrə-ˌsēz\play
  1. :  an infectious disease of warm-blooded animals (as cattle and sheep) caused by a spore-forming bacterium (Bacillus anthracis), transmissible to humans especially by the handling of infected products (as hair), and characterized by cutaneous ulcerating nodules or by often fatal lesions in the lungs; also :  the bacterium causing anthrax


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