- an infectious hemorrhagic disease of wild and domesticated animals, esp. cattle and sheep, that is caused by a bacillus (Bacillus anthracis) and can be transmitted to people: it is characterized by black pustules
- any such pustule
- blackleg (sense )
Origin of anthraxMiddle English antrax ; from Classical Latin anthrax, virulent ulcer ; from Gr, (burning) coal, hence ulcer, carbuncle
- An infectious, usually fatal disease of warm-blooded animals, especially of cattle and sheep, caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. The disease can be transmitted to humans through contact with contaminated animal substances, such as hair, feces, or hides, and is characterized by ulcerative skin lesions.
- pl. an·thra·ces A lesion caused by anthrax.
Origin of anthraxMiddle English antrax, malignant boil, from Latin anthrax, carbuncle, from Greek.
- (pathology) An acute infectious bacterial disease of herbivores, especially sheep and cattle. It can occur in humans through contact with infected animals, tissue from infected animals, or high concentrations of anthrax spores, but is not usually spread between humans. Symptoms include lesions on the skin or in the lungs, and it is often fatal.
From Ancient Greek ἄνθραξ (anthrax).