Definition of strangles in English:


Syllabification: stran·gles
Pronunciation: /ˈstraNGgəlz


[usually treated as singular]
  • A bacterial infection of the upper respiratory tract of horses, causing enlargement of the lymph nodes in the throat, which may impair breathing.
    • This disease is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi
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    • As strangles is bacterial and not viral it can only be spread by direct contact with infected mucus.
    • The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has lifted its quarantine on a barn at Ellis Park in Henderson after a third round of tests came back negative for the equine bacterial disease strangles.
    • A vaccine for strangles, a highly contagious disease caused by the bacteria Streptococcus equi, is now available in England for the first time after 12 years of research.


early 17th century: plural of obsolete strangle 'strangulation', from strangle.

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