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A notifiable bacterial disease of sheep and cattle, typically affecting the skin and lungs. It can be transmitted to humans, causing severe skin ulceration or a form of pneumonia (also called wool-sorter's disease)
- ‘In New York five people are confirmed to have been exposed to the bacterium, of whom two have developed anthrax.’
- ‘An early suspicion that anthrax might have been the cause of the infection has been discounted.’
- ‘The new test can identify the presence of anthrax in less than one hour instead of days.’
- ‘Any doctor could learn as much about anthrax through reading a newspaper as they could through reading a medical text.’
- ‘First of all, smallpox, anthrax, and the like are hard to spread effectively.’
Late Middle English: Latin, carbuncle (the earliest sense in English), from Greek anthrax, anthrak- coal, carbuncle with reference to the skin ulceration in humans.
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