stran·​gles | \ ˈstraŋ-gəlz How to pronounce strangles (audio) \

Definition of strangles

: an infectious febrile disease of horses caused by a streptococcus (Streptococcus equi) and marked especially by inflammation and congestion of mucous membranes of the respiratory tract

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Recent Examples on the Web The weight of what’s left unsaid strangles interactions. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 May 2022 Since strangles is easily transmitted between horses, vaccination is an important tool for minimizing the spread of this disease. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, 20 June 2020

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First Known Use of strangles

circa 1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for strangles

plural of obsolete strangle act of strangling

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The first known use of strangles was circa 1706

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“Strangles.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction
stran·​gles | \ -gəlz How to pronounce strangles (audio) \

Medical Definition of strangles

: an infectious febrile disease of horses and other equines that is caused by a bacterium of the genus Streptococcus (S. equi), is characterized by inflammation and congestion of mucous membranes and a tendency to swelling and suppuration of the intermaxillary and cervical lymph nodes, usually affects young animals, has a low mortality rate, and confers subsequent immunity after one attack


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