milk sickness


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milk sickness

n.
1. An acute, now rare disease characterized by trembling, vomiting, and severe intestinal pain that affects individuals who eat dairy products or meat from a cow that has fed on white snakeroot.
2. See tremble.
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milk sickness

n
1. (Pathology) an acute disease characterized by weakness, vomiting, and constipation, caused by ingestion of the flesh or dairy products of cattle affected with trembles
2. (Veterinary Science) vet science another name for trembles1
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milk′ sick`ness


n.
a disease of humans caused by consuming milk from cattle that have eaten poisonous weeds.
[1815–25, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.milk sickness - disease of livestock and especially cattle poisoned by eating certain kinds of snakerootmilk sickness - disease of livestock and especially cattle poisoned by eating certain kinds of snakeroot
animal disease - a disease that typically does not affect human beings
2.milk sickness - caused by consuming milk from cattle suffering from trembles
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The illness known as milk sickness took the life of Nancy Hanks Lincoln when young Abe was only 9 years old.
Lincoln's mother died when he was only 9 after she contracted "milk sickness" caused by drinking milk from cows grazing on poisonous herbs.