- an infectious, often fatal disease of cattle, sheep, and other mammals, caused by Bacillus anthracis, transmitted to humans by contaminated wool, raw meat, or other animal products.
- a malignant carbuncle that is the diagnostic lesion of anthrax disease in humans.
Origin of anthrax
Examples from the Web for anthrax
The son is reportedly part of a new generation of young drug lords who called themselves “the Anthrax Group.”Could El Chapo Go Free?
November 19, 2014
Where better to test cultures of anthrax, typhoid, plague and tularemia than on an island in a sea in the middle of the desert?The Aral Sea's Disappearing Act
October 4, 2014
As a result of the small size of the spores, anthrax is virtually impossible to see, smell, or taste.
News that 75 government scientists had been exposed to anthrax in Atlanta sent shivers up the spine of the science world Thursday.
“Anthrax could be released in a city, quietly, without anyone knowing,” the narrator says.
This other, resting on the burning sand, is also a member of the Fly tribe; she is an Anthrax.The Mason-bees
J. Henri Fabre
Therefore he followed with rabies the method that he had followed with anthrax.Experiments on Animals
At that time, the best-known microbe was the bacillus of anthrax.Life of Elie Metchnikoff, 1845-1916
But if the hens feet are kept in cold water, then the anthrax wins.Natural Wonders
Edwin Tenney Brewster
The opinion of Hahn, who considered it to have been their anthrax, is absurd.Curiosities of Medical Experience
J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
- a highly infectious and often fatal disease of herbivores, esp cattle and sheep, characterized by fever, enlarged spleen, and swelling of the throat. Carnivores are relatively resistant. It is caused by the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis and can be transmitted to man
- a pustule or other lesion caused by this disease
Word Origin and History for anthrax
late 14c., "any severe boil or carbuncle," from Latin, from Greek anthrax "charcoal, live coal," also "carbuncle," of unknown origin. Specific sense of the malignant disease in sheep and cattle (and occasionally humans) is from 1876.
- An infectious, usually fatal disease of warm-blooded animals that is characterized by ulcerative skin lesions, can be transmitted to humans, and is caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis.carbuncle
- A lesion caused by anthrax.
- An infectious, usually fatal disease of mammals, especially cattle and sheep, caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. The disease is transmitted to humans through cutaneous contact, ingestion, or inhalation. Cutaneous anthrax is marked by the formation of a necrotic skin ulcer, high fever, and toxemia. Inhalation anthrax leads to severe pneumonia that is usually fatal.