foot-and-mouth disease

noun

Definition of foot-and-mouth disease

: an acute contagious febrile disease especially of cloven-footed animals that is caused by serotypes of a picornavirus (species Foot-and-mouth disease virus of the genus Aphthovirus) and is marked by ulcerating vesicles in the mouth, about the hooves, and on the udder and teats

called also foot-and-mouth, hoof-and-mouth disease

— compare hand, foot and mouth disease

Examples of foot-and-mouth disease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1898, the same year as Beijerinck’s work was published, foot-and-mouth disease in cattle became the first animal illness linked to a filterable agent, or a microbe small enough to pass through a porcelain filter. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "How a Few Sick Tobacco Plants Led Scientists to Unravel the Truth About Viruses," 24 Mar. 2020 In her longest-in-British-history reign, nothing has kept the queen away from the five days of races — not pregnancy, a speech to Parliament or even an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. Pan Pylas, USA TODAY, "Pandemic: Queen Elizabeth II misses Royal Ascot racing meet for first time in reign," 17 June 2020 Its animal vaccines have been used to protect billions of farm animals from foot-and-mouth disease and to chemically castrate pigs. Scott Deveau, Bloomberg.com, "Bill Ackman Puts Part of His Personal Fortune in Covid-19 Testing," 5 May 2020 Whereas the 2001 outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease resulted in the slaughter of more than 6 million livestock, wreaking havoc on the country’s agriculture and tourism industries, humans were not directly affected. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "The Coronavirus’s Real and Immediate Threat to Democracy," 12 Mar. 2020 The facility modified its priorities, focusing on foot-and-mouth disease and disbanding the ASF team. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "Ham’s best friend: The beagle brigade is the last line of defense against African swine fever in U.S.," 27 Nov. 2019 For many, the very idea evokes memories of the catastrophic 2001 foot-and-mouth disease crisis, which led to the culling of millions of sheep. Washington Post, "Boris Johnson’s no-deal Brexit could lead British lambs to slaughter," 17 Aug. 2019 Aftosa is foot-and-mouth disease: There is reason to fear that the highway would become a vector for it. Charles R. Morris, WSJ, "‘The Longest Line on the Map’ Review: The End of the Road," 8 Jan. 2019

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1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Foot-and-mouth disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foot-and-mouth%20disease. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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foot-and-mouth disease

noun

English Language Learners Definition of foot-and-mouth disease

: a serious and often deadly disease of animals (such as cows and sheep)

foot-and-mouth disease

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Medical Definition of foot-and-mouth disease

: an acute contagious febrile disease especially of cloven-hoofed animals that is caused by any of seven serotypes of a picornavirus (species Foot-and-mouth disease virus of the genus Aphthovirus) and is marked by ulcerating vesicles in the mouth, about the hooves, and on the udder and teats

called also aftosa, aphthous fever, foot-and-mouth, hoof-and-mouth disease

— compare hand, foot and mouth disease

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