woolsorter's disease


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wool·sort·er's disease

 (wo͝ol′sôr′tərz)
n.
A pulmonary form of anthrax that results from the inhalation of bacterial spores in contaminated sheep's wool.
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Noun1.woolsorter's disease - a form of anthrax infection acquired by inhalation of dust containing Bacillus anthraciswoolsorter's disease - 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 - a disease of humans that is not communicable; caused by infection with Bacillus anthracis followed by septicemia
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Industrial anthrax, also known as woolsorter's disease, was a serious threat in the 19th and early 20th centuries when the wool industry was flourishing.
Known as Woolsorter's Disease, it was a frequent cause of illness and death in English woolen mill workers exposed to contaminated hides and wool.
It was once known as woolsorter's disease because of its prevalence in the woollen industry.