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1. A serious infectious disease of mammals caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, most commonly affecting grazing animals. The disease can be transmitted to humans by handling infected animals or contaminated animal products (resulting in cutaneous lesions), by ingesting contaminated meat, or by inhaling bacterial spores.
2. pl. an·thra·ces (-thrə-sēz′) Archaic A lesion caused by anthrax.
[Middle English antrax, malignant boil, from Latin anthrax, carbuncle, from Greek.]
n, pl -thraces (-θrəˌsiːz)
1. (Veterinary Science) a highly infectious and often fatal disease of herbivores, esp cattle and sheep, characterized by fever, enlarged spleen, and swelling of the throat. Carnivores are relatively resistant. It is caused by the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis and can be transmitted to man
2. (Pathology) a pustule or other lesion caused by this disease
[C19: from Late Latin, from Greek: carbuncle]
n., pl. -thra•ces (-θrəˌsiz)
an infectious disease of cattle, sheep, and other mammals caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, transmitted to humans through wool and other animal products.
[1350–1400; Middle English antrax malignant boil or growth < Latin anthrax carbuncle < Greek ánthrax a coal, carbuncle]
An infectious, usually fatal disease of mammals, especially cattle and sheep, caused by a bacterium. It can spread to people, causing symptoms ranging from blistering of the skin to potentially fatal infection of the lungs.
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|Noun||1.||anthrax - a highly infectious animal disease (especially cattle and sheep); it can be transmitted to people|
|2.||anthrax - a disease of humans that is not communicable; caused by infection with Bacillus anthracis followed by septicemia|
disease - an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning
cutaneous anthrax, malignant pustule - a form of anthrax infection that begins as papule that becomes a vesicle and breaks with a discharge of toxins; symptoms of septicemia are severe with vomiting and high fever and profuse sweating; the infection is often fatal
anthrax pneumonia, inhalation anthrax, pulmonary anthrax, ragpicker's disease, ragsorter's disease, woolsorter's disease, woolsorter's pneumonia - a form of anthrax infection acquired by inhalation of dust containing Bacillus anthracis; initial symptoms (chill and cough and dyspnea and rapid pulse) are followed by extreme cardiovascular collapse
anthrax[ˈænθræks] N → ántrax m
anthrax[ˈænθræks] n (Med) → antrace m
n. ántrax, infección estafilocócica causada por el Bacillus anthracis que da lugar a abscesos cutáneos profundos que pueden formar grandes pústulas. V.: Appendix C