Definition of glanders in English:


plural noun

  • usually treated as singular A rare contagious disease that mainly affects horses, characterized by swellings below the jaw and mucous discharge from the nostrils.

    Glanders is caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas mallei

    • ‘A closely related pathogen, namely B. mallei is an obligatory zoonotic parasite causing glanders, but it seems to have virtually disappeared from domesticated animals and humans, decades ago.’
    • ‘Work was in progress, too, on other agents like brucellosis and glanders as well as on chemicals against plants, classified at the time as a form of biological, not chemical, warfare.’
    • ‘Aspiration of the abscesses grew B. mallei, the cause of glanders.’
    • ‘In the first world war attempts were made to infect horses with glanders, and throughout history invading armies have poisoned wells and other water sources.’
    • ‘The Germans used anthrax and glanders against the horses and mules of the US Army and its Allies in World War I.’


Late 15th century: from Old French glandre (see gland).