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[sahrz] /sɑrz/
noun, Pathology.
an acute respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, characterized by fever, coughing, breathing difficulty, and usually pneumonia. Unabridged
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  • But a word on the investigations of SARS may not be superfluous.

    Seaside Studies in Natural History Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz
  • Yes, SARS, that is cordite—dynamite, whatever you like to call him.

    The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser
  • Marlborough and Eugene had decided that they would begin by pressing, as hard as might be, the assault upon the forest of SARS.

    Malplaquet Hilaire Belloc
  • The infantry were withdrawn from the wood of Lanière, which they still held, and from their positions behind the forest of SARS.

    Malplaquet Hilaire Belloc
  • Marlborough, trusting that the forest of SARS would soon be finally cleared, determined upon a change of plan.

    Malplaquet Hilaire Belloc
British Dictionary definitions for SARS


noun acronym
severe acute respiratory syndrome; a severe viral infection of the lungs characterized by high fever, a dry cough, and breathing difficulties. It is contagious, having an airborne mode of transmission


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Contemporary definitions for SARS

severe acute respiratory syndrome, a severe and highly contagious type of pneumonia

Word Origin

2003's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for SARS

by 2003, acronym from severe acute respiratory syndrome.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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SARS in Medicine

SARS abbr.
severe acute respiratory syndrome

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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