foot rot


Definition of foot rot

1 : a progressive inflammation of the feet of sheep, goats, or cattle that is associated with bacterial infection
2 : a plant disease marked by rot of the stem near the ground

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Recent Examples on the Web Ocean rowers can suffer all kinds of nasty ailments during long periods at sea — from unremitting foot rot and sun blisters to fractured bones and renal failure. Gregory Thomas,, "After 86 days at sea, SF rower arrives in Hawaii," 15 Sep. 2020 Wet feet are the quickest way to blisters, frostbite, and even foot rot. Outdoor Life, "Four boots made to keep your feet dry," 13 May 2020 Creating the organic layers too close to the trunks has encouraged foot rot a disease. Tom Maccubbin,, "Keep corn feeders in check with natural sprays," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of foot rot

1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of foot rot was in 1706

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“Foot rot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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Medical Definition of foot rot

: a progressive inflammation of foot tissues (as between the digits) especially of sheep or cattle specifically : a necrobacillosis marked by sloughing, ulceration, suppuration, and sometimes loss of the hoof

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