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n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
A contagious, usually fatal disease of horses and other equids, caused by the bacterium Burkholderia mallei and characterized by swollen lymph nodes, nasal discharge, and ulcers of the respiratory tract and skin. The disease is communicable to other mammals, including humans.

[Middle English glaundres, from Old French glandres, glandular swelling, pl. of glandre, gland; see gland1.]

glan′der·ous adj.


(Veterinary Science) (functioning as singular) a highly infectious bacterial disease of horses, sometimes transmitted to man, caused by Actinobacillus mallei and characterized by inflammation and ulceration of the mucous membranes of the air passages, skin, and lymph glands
[C16: from Old French glandres enlarged glands, from Latin glandulae, literally: little acorns, from glāns acorn; see gland1]
ˈglandered adj
ˈglanderous adj


(ˈglæn dərz)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
a contagious disease, chiefly affecting horses and mules, characterized by swelling at the jaw and a profuse nasal discharge, caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas mallei.
[1475–85; < Middle French glandres swollen glands < Latin glandulae swollen glands, literally, little acorns]
glan′der•ous, adj.
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Noun1.glanders - a destructive and contagious bacterial disease of horses that can be transmitted to humans
zoonosis, zoonotic disease - an animal disease that can be transmitted to humans
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I could not save poor dear General Glanders, who was dying under the hands of that ignorant man--dying.
A horse is mortal; suppose mine had had the glanders or the farcy?
Pakistan is endemic with glanders and several outbreaks have been reported in the past.
Currently, the company is one of the leading domestic manufacturers of veterinary immunobiological products, occupying the leading position in the production of diagnostics of tuberculosis, leukemia, glanders, brucellosis, salmonellosis, equine influenza, parainfluenza, respiratory syncytial virus infection in cattle and other animal diseases.
The same could also be said for the incendiary attacks on merchant ships and the efforts to spread anthrax and glanders disease in livestock, the latter of which is surely deserving of a book in its own right given the current interest in biological agents and the difficulties inherent in their weaponization.
The institute capacity on equine health is also recognized with three OIE International twining projects on equine piroplasmosis, glanders and equine influenza.
More than fifty successful attacks involving fire, explosives, and the spread of anthrax and glanders (a disease primarily affecting horses and mules, but also contagious to humans) occurred prior to America's entry into the war on April 6, 1917.
From the Old French glandres ("glands") describing the enlargement of the parotid or submaxillary lymph nodes that is pathognomonic of the disease, glanders is a contagious disease of horses.
However, at this time, the principal topic was the Glanders epidemic and the need for measures to stop the spread of the disease and its prevention, as well as a strong emphasis being placed on the issue of the appalling quarantine facilities.
The fire came at a bad time because Boston Fire Department's horses were suffering from glanders, a debilitating equine disease.
Glanders is a highly contagious disease of solipeds caused by Burkholderia mallei.
The Federation confirmed that the contests will first be held on the Military Sports Grounds in Riffa, following the ban imposed on all five governorates due to the Glanders disease, which has since been removed.