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

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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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First Known Use of foot-and-mouth disease

1850, in the meaning defined above

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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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