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noun Pathology.
  1. an infectious disease of dogs, cats, and other animals, transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected animal and usually fatal if prophylactic treatment is not administered: caused by an RNA virus of the rhabdovirus group; hydrophobia.

Origin of rabies

1655–65; < Latin rabiēs rage, madness, derivative of rabere to be mad, rave
Related formsrab·ic [rab-ik, rey-bik] /ˈræb ɪk, ˈreɪ bɪk/, adjectivean·ti·ra·bies, adjective, noun
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  • Instantly he visualized all the objections to dogs, from fleas to rabies.

    Long Live the King

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Therefore he followed with rabies the method that he had followed with anthrax.

  • In 236 cases the rabies of the animal had been proved by inoculation.

  • A guinea-pig inoculated in the eye 26th May was seized with rabies 10th September.

  • The form that rabies take in rabbits may fairly be called painless.


British Dictionary definitions for rabies

rabies

noun
  1. pathol an acute infectious viral disease of the nervous system transmitted by the saliva of infected animals, esp dogs. It is characterized by excessive salivation, aversion to water, convulsions, and paralysisAlso called: hydrophobia, lyssa
Derived Formsrabic (ˈræbɪk) or rabietic (ˌreɪbɪˈɛtɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin: madness, from rabere to rave
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Word Origin and History for rabies

n.

1590s, from Latin rabies "madness, rage, fury," related to rabere "be mad, rave" (see rage (v.)). Sense of "extremely fatal infectious disease causing madness in dogs" was a secondary meaning in Latin. Known hydrophobia in humans.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

rabies in Medicine

rabies

([object Object])
n.
  1. An infectious, highly fatal viral disease of warm blooded animals that attacks the central nervous system; symptoms include excitement, aggressiveness, and dementia, followed by paralysis and death.
Related formsra′bi•etic (-ĕtĭk) adj.
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rabies in Science

rabies

[rābēz]
  1. A usually fatal infectious disease of warm-blooded animals caused by a virus of the genus Lyssavirus that causes inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. It is transmitted by the bite of an infected animal, such as a dog or bat and can be prevented in humans by a vaccine. See Note at hydrophobia.
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rabies in Culture

rabies

[(ray-beez)]

An acute disease, caused by a virus, which attacks the central nervous system and results in paralysis and death if not treated promptly. Rabies is transmitted to humans by the bite of an animal infected with the disease.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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