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Meaning of ANTHRAX

Pronunciation:  'anthraks

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a highly infectious animal disease (especially cattle and sheep); it can be transmitted to people

ANTHRAX is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: splenic fever
 See Also: zoonosis



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\An"thrax\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ? coal, carbuncle.]
1. (Med.)
   (a) A carbuncle.
   (b) A malignant pustule.

2. (Biol.) A microscopic, bacterial organism ({Bacillus
   anthracis}), resembling transparent rods. [See Illust.
   under {Bacillus}.]

3. An infectious disease of cattle and sheep. It is ascribed
   to the presence of a rod-shaped bacterium ({Bacillus
   anthracis}), the spores of which constitute the contagious
   matter. It may be transmitted to man by inoculation. The
   spleen becomes greatly enlarged and filled with bacteria.
   Called also {splenic fever}.

Biology Dictionary
  1. Anthrax is an infection by the gram-positive spore-forming aerobic rod-shaped bacterium, Bacillus anthracis. It usually affects sheep, cattle, horses, goats, and swine. It may infect humans, causing meningitis and pneumonia with a high rate of death.
  2. A highly contagious and often lethal bacterial disease that is caused by Bacillus anthracis. It afflicts cattle and sheep and can be transmitted to humans via infected raw meat, blood, or other fluids. Anthrax causes high fever, convulsions, and lung lesions.
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