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ˈæn θræks; -θrəˌsizan·thrax

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anthrax, splenic fevernoun

    a highly infectious animal disease (especially cattle and sheep); it can be transmitted to people

  2. anthraxnoun

    a disease of humans that is not communicable; caused by infection with Bacillus anthracis followed by septicemia


  1. anthraxnoun

    An acute infectious bacterial disease of herbivores, especially sheep and cattle. It can occur in humans through contact with infected animals, tissue from infected animals, or high concentrations of anthrax spores, but is not usually spread between humans. Symptoms include lesions on the skin or in the lungs, and it is often fatal.

    Etymology: From ἄνθραξ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anthraxnoun

    a carbuncle

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. 'a`nqrax coal, carbuncle.]

  2. Anthraxnoun

    a malignant pustule

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. 'a`nqrax coal, carbuncle.]

  3. Anthraxnoun

    a microscopic, bacterial organism (Bacillus anthracis), resembling transparent rods. [See Illust. under Bacillus.]

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. 'a`nqrax coal, carbuncle.]

  4. Anthraxnoun

    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

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. 'a`nqrax coal, carbuncle.]


  1. Anthrax

    Anthrax is an acute disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. Most forms of the disease are lethal, and it affects both humans and animals. There are effective vaccines against anthrax, and some forms of the disease respond well to antibiotic treatment. Like many other members of the genus Bacillus, Bacillus anthracis can form dormant endospores that are able to survive in harsh conditions for decades or even centuries. Such spores can be found on all continents, even Antarctica. When spores are inhaled, ingested, or come into contact with a skin lesion on a host, they may become reactivated and multiply rapidly. Anthrax commonly infects wild and domesticated herbivorous mammals that ingest or inhale the spores while grazing. Ingestion is thought to be the most common route by which herbivores contract anthrax. Carnivores living in the same environment may become infected by consuming infected animals. Diseased animals can spread anthrax to humans, either by direct contact or by consumption of a diseased animal's flesh. Anthrax spores can be produced in vitro and used as a biological weapon. Anthrax does not spread directly from one infected animal or person to another; it is spread by spores. These spores can be transported by clothing or shoes. The body of an animal that had active anthrax at the time of death can also be a source of anthrax spores.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Anthrax

    an′thraks, n. a widely distributed and very destructive disease, most common among sheep and cattle, the first infectious disease proved to be due to the presence of microscopic vegetable organisms (bacilli)—other names are Splenic Apoplexy, Splenic Fever, and as it occurs in man, Malignant Pustule and Woolsorter's Disease: a carbuncle or malignant boil.—adjs. Anthra′cic, An′thracoid. [L.—Gr. anthrax; coal, a carbuncle.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Anthrax

    a disease, especially in cattle, due to the invasion of a living organism which, under certain conditions, breeds rapidly; called also splenic fever.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Anthrax

    An acute infection caused by the spore-forming bacteria BACILLUS ANTHRACIS. It commonly affects hoofed animals such as sheep and goats. Infection in humans often involves the skin (cutaneous anthrax), the lungs (inhalation anthrax), or the gastrointestinal tract. Anthrax is not contagious and can be treated with antibiotics.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anthrax in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

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    The numerical value of anthrax in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of anthrax in a Sentence

  1. Caitlin Cossaboom:

    Having contact with animals that have died from anthrax is actually the most common route for humans to become infected with anthrax, anthrax is difficult to control, and outbreaks can be very difficult to predict.

  2. Amesh Adalja:

    Anthrax is a zoonotic disease with human cases often tied to animal exposure. For example, multiple cases have occurred at African drumming events when individuals were exposed to animal drum skins that contained anthrax spores, because of the risk of spillover into humans, it is crucial to monitor animal anthrax outbreaks and delimit the exposure of humans while promptly administering post-exposure antibiotics to those exposed. It is also important to emphasize Anthrax is a major biowarfare threat and being prepared for outbreaks of animal origin directly enhances abilities to respond to a potential bioattack using anthrax.

  3. Anthony Fauci:

    The issue that people say you don't want to alarm people is totally nonsense, in anything we've ever done in our history, Anthony Fauci know from world wars to depressions to anthrax attacks, now to an outbreak like this, the thing that gets people spooked is when they don't know what's going on, not when Anthony Fauci tell them what's going on.

  4. Jason McDonald:

    The lab was working as part of a DOD effort to develop a new diagnostic test to identify biological threats, although an inactivated agent was expected, the lab reported they were able to grow live Bacillus anthracis (anthrax).

  5. Tener Goodwin Veenema:

    There are various levels of protection health care providers must have when they are dealing with potentially fatal diseases. Not just Ebola, but small pox or anthrax or any Category A biological agent, and the health care providers must be properly trained in how to 'don and doff' personal protective equipment.

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