Anthrax meaning

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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.
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A lesion caused by anthrax.
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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.
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Any such pustule.
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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.
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A lesion caused by anthrax.
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An infectious, usually fatal disease of mammals, especially cattle and sheep, caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. The disease is transmitted to humans through cutaneous contact, ingestion, or inhalation. Cutaneous anthrax is marked by the formation of a necrotic skin ulcer, high fever, and toxemia. Inhalation anthrax leads to severe pneumonia that is usually fatal.
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(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.
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Origin of anthrax

  • Middle English antrax malignant boil from Latin anthrax carbuncle from Greek

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ἄνθραξ (anthrax).

    From Wiktionary