- 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
- 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.
- pl. an·thra·ces, Archaic 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).