Definition of rabies in English:

rabies

Line breaks: ra¦bies
Pronunciation: /ˈreɪbiːz
 
, -ɪz/

noun

[mass noun]
  • A contagious and fatal viral disease of dogs and other mammals, transmissible through the saliva to humans and causing madness and convulsions. Also called hydrophobia.
    More example sentences
    • Pasteur went on to discover vaccinations for chicken pox, cholera, diphtheria, anthrax and rabies.
    • A range of diseases including rabies and Lyme disease are carried by animals, so you should avoid contact with them.
    • There was no report on diphtheria, rabies, tetanus or whooping cough during the study period.

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin, from rabere 'rave'.

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