woolsorters' disease

[ wool-sawr-terz ]
/ ˈwʊlˌsɔr tərz /

noun Pathology.

pulmonary anthrax in humans, caused by inhaling the spores of Bacillus anthracis, which may contaminate wool fleece.

Origin of woolsorters' disease

1875–80; wool + sorter + 's1

Words nearby woolsorters' disease

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British Dictionary definitions for woolsorters' disease

wool-sorter's disease


another name for anthrax
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Medical definitions for woolsorters' disease

wool-sorter's disease


A pulmonary form of anthrax that results from the inhalation of spores of the bacterium Bacillus anthracis in the wool of contaminated sheep.
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