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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.
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(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
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(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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References in classic literature ?
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?"
A horse slips and injures a joint; a horse stumbles and breaks his knees to the bone; a horse eats out of a manger in which a glandered horse has eaten.
According to Glanders, one Hunting machine operator says that he has been able to save a number of parts because of the variable speed threading option.
(3) The Germans used anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) and glanders (Pseudomonas mallei) against the horses and mules of the US Army and its Allies in World War I.
Iraq was busy brewing veritable swimming pools full of anthrax, tularemia, glanders, bubonic plague, as well as smaller amounts of other agents.
`It's almost embarrassing - they say, `Here come the Glanders again,' ' said Art Glander, who has kids at Thurston Middle and Ridgeview Elementary.
Popovic is the Subject Matter Expert for anthrax, brucellosis, melioidosis, and glanders for the National Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Network and runs the BSL-3 laboratory designed and established to develop expertise in isolation, identification, rapid diagnosis, and molecular subtyping of B.
* Category B - Brucellosis, Q fever, ricin toxin from castor beans, Glanders, epsilon toxin of Clostridium perfringens, and enterotoxin B of Staphylococcus)
Bioterrorists don't need rare pathogens like smallpox or glanders to inflict misery.
Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) involved several pathogenic bacteria, including Burkholderia mallei, the causative agent of glanders. This report summarizes the first human case of glanders in the United States since 1945, and emphasizes the importance of considering occupational exposures among laboratory workers with a febrile illness, the difficulty of characterizing unusual agents, including potential agents of biological terrorism such as glanders using routine laboratory techniques, the appropriate isolation practices for patients who may be infected by these agents, and laboratory safety.