Rinderpest Definition

An acute, infectious disease of cattle, sheep, and goats caused by a paramyxovirus and characterized by fever and by hemorrhagic inflammation and ulceration of the mucous membrane of the alimentary canal.
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Origin of Rinderpest

  • German Rinder genitive pl. of Rind head of cattle, ox (from Middle High German rint) (from Old High German hrind ker-1 in Indo-European roots) Pest plague (from Latin pestis)

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

  • From German Rinderpest (“cattle plague").

    From Wiktionary

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