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 2001, when foot-and-mouth disease swept across Britain, causing millions of farm animals to be slaughtered, the Chinese food industry was widely, and wrongly, blamed. Christina Boyle, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 The bonanza ended when the US permanently halted hedgehog shipments from countries with foot-and-mouth disease, a list that included Nigeria. Noelle Mateer, Wired, 12 Aug. 2021 If there were an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the US tomorrow, researchers here would have to beg their Canadian, Australian, or German counterparts for lab space. Nicola Twille, Wired, 6 July 2021 Stem rust, rice blast, foot-and-mouth disease, avian flu, hog cholera. Nicola Twille, Wired, 6 July 2021 Russell and Bajada served Gladstone another 30-day notice on October 22, and at the end of November, Russell says, Gladstone told her that Lily had hand-foot-and-mouth disease; Gladstone told her lawyer in her criminal case that Lily had pneumonia. Bridget Read, Curbed, 2 Feb. 2021 Popular hypotheses held that bats spread Ebola virus, for example, and gazelles foot-and-mouth disease. New York Times, 12 Jan. 2021 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, 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, 17 June 2020

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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 6 Dec. 2021.

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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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