[ glan-derz ]
/ ˈglæn dərz /

noun (used with a singular verb)Veterinary Pathology.

a contagious disease chiefly of horses and mules but communicable to humans, caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas mallei and characterized by swellings beneath the jaw and a profuse mucous discharge from the nostrils.
Compare farcy.

Origin of glanders

1475–85; <Middle French glandres swollen glands <Latin glandulae swollen glands, literally, little acorns. See gland1, -ule


glan·der·ous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for glanders

/ (ˈɡlændəz) /


(functioning as singular) a highly infectious bacterial disease of horses, sometimes transmitted to man, caused by Actinobacillus mallei and characterized by inflammation and ulceration of the mucous membranes of the air passages, skin, and lymph glands

Derived forms of glanders

glandered, adjectiveglanderous, adjective

Word Origin for glanders

C16: from Old French glandres enlarged glands, from Latin glandulae, literally: little acorns, from glāns acorn; see gland 1
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