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foot-and-mouth disease

[ foot-n-mouth ]

noun

, Veterinary Pathology.
  1. an acute, contagious, febrile disease of cattle, hogs, sheep, and other hoofed animals, caused by any of various rhinoviruses and characterized by vesicular eruptions in the mouth and about the hoofs, teats, and udder.


foot-and-mouth disease

noun

  1. an acute highly infectious viral disease of cattle, pigs, sheep, and goats, characterized by the formation of vesicular eruptions in the mouth and on the feet, esp around the hoofs Also calledhoof-and-mouth diseaseaphthaaphthous fever Technical namecontagious stomatitis


foot-and-mouth disease

  1. A highly contagious disease of cattle and other hoofed animals caused by any of various viruses of the family Picornaviridae and the genus Aphthovirus , characterized by fever and the presence of blisters around the mouth and hooves.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of foot-and-mouth disease1

First recorded in 1860–65
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Example Sentences

Some diseases are common both to the cow and to man, such as tuberculosis, foot-and-mouth disease.

On account of foot-and-mouth disease and of hog-cholera, strange dogs were taboo on the Kennan ranch.

The disease is unlike anything I have known, but does not resemble foot-and-mouth disease as described by any authority.

Dr. Paaren, dispatched to Effingham county by the Governor, reports the trouble there not foot-and-mouth disease.

The bill is intended to enable the State to take action in the foot-and-mouth disease now affecting the stock.

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