Definition of anthrax in English:


Syllabification: an·thrax
Pronunciation: /ˈanˌTHraks


  • A notifiable bacterial disease of sheep and cattle, typically affecting the skin and lungs. It can be transmitted to humans, causing severe skin ulceration or a form of pneumonia (also called wool-sorter’s disease).
    More example sentences
    • An early suspicion that anthrax might have been the cause of the infection has been discounted.
    • In New York five people are confirmed to have been exposed to the bacterium, of whom two have developed anthrax.
    • Any doctor could learn as much about anthrax through reading a newspaper as they could through reading a medical text.


late Middle English: Latin, 'carbuncle' (the earliest sense in English), from Greek anthrax, anthrak- 'coal, carbuncle', with reference to the skin ulceration in humans.

More definitions of anthrax

Definition of anthrax in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skəʊʃ
a small amount; a little