black disease

noun

Medical Definition of black disease

: a fatal toxemia of sheep associated with simultaneous infection by liver flukes (Fasciola hepatica) and an anaerobic toxin-producing clostridium (Clostridium novyi) and characterized by liver necrosis and subcutaneous hemorrhage — compare blackleg, braxy, liver rot, malignant edema

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“Black disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/black%20disease. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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