a contagious, chronic or acute disease of horses, mules, etc. characterized by fever, swollen lymph nodes, ulcerous nodules on the skin, inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes, etc.: it is caused by bacteria (Pseudomonas mallei) and is transmitted to certain other animals and humans
Origin of glandersOld French glandres from Classical Latin glandulae, swollen glands in the neck, plural of glandula: see gland
nounused 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.
Origin of glandersMiddle English glaundres from Old French glandres glandular swelling pl. of glandre gland ; see gland 1.