Definition of anthrax in English:

anthrax

Line breaks: an|thrax
Pronunciation: /ˈanθraks
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A serious bacterial disease of sheep and cattle, typically affecting the skin and lungs. It can be transmitted to humans, causing severe skin ulceration (see malignant pustule) or a form of pneumonia ( wool-sorters' disease).
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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