anthrax

noun an·thrax \ ˈan-ˌthraks \

Definition of anthrax

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

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Origin and Etymology of anthrax

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


ANTHRAX Defined for English Language Learners

anthrax

noun

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

noun an·thrax \ ˈan-ˌthraks \

Definition of anthrax for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

anthrax

noun an·thrax \ ˈan-ˌthraks \

medical Definition of anthrax

plural anthraces play \-thrə-ˌsēz\
: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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