(functioning as singular)an acute bacterial disease of horses caused by infection with Streptococcus equi, characterized by inflammation of the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, resulting in abscesses and a nasal dischargeAlso called: equine distemper
Word Origin for strangles
C18: from strangle
/ (ˈstræŋɡəl) /
(tr)to kill by compressing the windpipe; throttle
(tr)to prevent or inhibit the growth or development ofto strangle originality
(tr)to suppress (an utterance) by or as if by swallowing suddenlyto strangle a cry
c.1300, from Old French estrangler, from Latin strangulare "to choke, stifle, check, constrain," from Greek strangalan "choke, twist," from strangale "a halter, cord, lace," related to strangos "twisted," from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (see strain (v.)). Related: Strangled; strangling.