- an infectious disease of dogs, cats, and other animals, transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected animal and usually fatal if prophylactic treatment is not administered: caused by an RNA virus of the rhabdovirus group; hydrophobia.
Origin of rabies
1655–65; < Latin rabiēs rage, madness, derivative of rabere to be mad, rave
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Therefore he followed with rabies the method that he had followed with anthrax.
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In 236 cases the rabies of the animal had been proved by inoculation.
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- pathol an acute infectious viral disease of the nervous system transmitted by the saliva of infected animals, esp dogs. It is characterized by excessive salivation, aversion to water, convulsions, and paralysisAlso called: hydrophobia, lyssa
C17: from Latin: madness, from rabere to rave
Word Origin and History for rabies
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An infectious, highly fatal viral disease of warm blooded animals that attacks the central nervous system; symptoms include excitement, aggressiveness, and dementia, followed by paralysis and death.
- A usually fatal infectious disease of warm-blooded animals caused by a virus of the genus Lyssavirus that causes inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. It is transmitted by the bite of an infected animal, such as a dog or bat and can be prevented in humans by a vaccine. See Note at hydrophobia.
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