Definition of glanders in English:

glanders

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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Germans used anthrax and glanders against the horses and mules of the US Army and its Allies in World War I.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Aspiration of the abscesses grew B. mallei, the cause of glanders.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

glanders

/ˈɡlandəz/