EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural an·thra·ces . [ an-thr uh-seez] /ˈæn θrəˌsiz/ . Pathology 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 1350–1400; Middle English antrax malignant boil or growth < Latin anthrax carbuncle < Greek ánthrax a coal, carbuncle
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Where better to test cultures of
anthrax, typhoid, plague and tularemia than on an island in a sea in the middle of the desert?
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. Historical Examples of anthrax British Dictionary definitions for anthrax noun plural -thraces ( -θrəˌsiːz) 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 for anthrax
C19: from Late Latin, from Greek: carbuncle
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Word Origin and History for anthrax n.
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.
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n. 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. Related forms an•thrac•ic ( ăn-thrăs) ′ĭk adj.
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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.
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September 11 attacks
(2001) in the United States, anthrax spores sent through the mail caused several fatalities.
If spores are prepared in a sophisticated way, they can stay in the air and be breathed in by human beings. Anthrax produced in this way is referred to as weaponized anthrax.
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