Definitions of anthrax
  1. noun
    a highly infectious animal disease (especially cattle and sheep); it can be transmitted to people
    synonyms: splenic fever
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    type of:
    zoonosis, zoonotic disease
    an animal disease that can be transmitted to humans
  2. noun
    a disease of humans that is not communicable; caused by infection with Bacillus anthracis followed by septicemia
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    cutaneous anthrax, malignant pustule
    a form of anthrax infection that begins as papule that becomes a vesicle and breaks with a discharge of toxins; symptoms of septicemia are severe with vomiting and high fever and profuse sweating; the infection is often fatal
    anthrax pneumonia, inhalation anthrax, pulmonary anthrax, ragpicker's disease, ragsorter's disease, woolsorter's disease, woolsorter's pneumonia
    a form of anthrax infection acquired by inhalation of dust containing Bacillus anthracis; initial symptoms (chill and cough and dyspnea and rapid pulse) are followed by extreme cardiovascular collapse
    type of:
    an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning
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