foot rot


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

Examples of foot rot in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

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 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

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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