• WordNet 3.6
    • n anthrax a disease of humans that is not communicable; caused by infection with Bacillus anthracis followed by septicemia
    • n anthrax a highly infectious animal disease (especially cattle and sheep); it can be transmitted to people
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During World War II Canadian scientists secretly developed biological weapons which were later taken over by the USA. Anthrax was one.
    • Anthrax (Med) A carbuncle.
    • Anthrax (Med) A malignant pustule.
    • Anthrax (Biol) A microscopic, bacterial organism (Bacillus anthracis), resembling transparent rods. [See Illust. under Bacillus
    • Anthrax An infectious disease of cattle and sheep. It is ascribed to the presence of a rod-shaped gram-positive 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Hyenas can comsume prey carrying anthrax without contracting the disease itself
    • n anthrax In pathology, a carbuncle of any sort. See phrases below.
    • n anthrax [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of dipterous insects, giving name to a family Anthracidæ (which see): now placed in Bombyliidæ.
    • n anthrax Lithanthrax, or pit- or stone-coal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Household bleach is the recommended chemical to decontaminate people exposed to the anthrax virus, by the U.S. F.D.A. .
    • n Anthrax an′thraks 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. coal, carbuncle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—Gr. anthrax; coal, a carbuncle.


In literature:

They proved to be full of anthrax germs ...
"Mr. Standfast" by John Buchan
Are we justified in thinking that it ought to be the same in regard to the microbe of anthrax?
"A History of Science, Volume 4(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
This other, resting on the burning sand, is also a member of the Fly tribe; she is an Anthrax.
"The Mason-bees" by J. Henri Fabre
Anthrax, malignant, Washington attacked by, in 1789, iii.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
He used as infecting agents, anthrax bacilli, tubercle bacilli, and diphtheria bacilli.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
Bacillus chauvei (symptomatic anthrax).
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
Anthrax bacilli are carried about and deposited by flies showing the possibility of the disease being spread in this way.
"Insects and Diseases" by Rennie W. Doane
The lip is sometimes the seat of the malignant pustule of anthrax.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
The spleen is seriously involved and becomes enlarged and soft in Texas fever, anthrax, and blood poisoning.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
As soon as they were immune from anthrax, the reduced corps were attacked by rinderpest, which carried off seventy.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" by Edmund Candler
It produces a disease entirely different from that of the anthrax bacillus from which it is derived.
"The Social Gangster" by Arthur B. Reeve
There hasn't been a case of anthrax in the valley for years!
"The Year When Stardust Fell" by Raymond F. Jones
Two well-marked forms of this disease in man are recognized, "external anthrax" and "internal anthrax.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
It it thus that horse-flies may occasionally transmit anthrax.
"Handbook of Medical Entomology" by William Albert Riley
Act in cholera as in anthrax, and disinfect the hands after visiting a case of typhoid.
"Essays In Pastoral Medicine" by Austin ÓMalley
The opinion of Hahn, who considered it to have been their anthrax, is absurd.
"Curiosities of Medical Experience" by J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
Anthrax intestinalis may be looked upon as the counterpart of the internal anthrax or anthrax fever of animals, described above.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
It has been suggested that the horse flies carry anthrax, and their bites sometimes cause malignant pustules.
"Book of Monsters" by David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild
Pasteur's preventive inoculation for anthrax was tested under dramatic circumstances at Melun in June, 1881.
"An Introduction to the History of Science" by Walter Libby
Dried hides are also subject to the presence of anthrax.
"Animal Proteins" by Hugh Garner Bennett

In news:

Mayhem Festival featuring Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax and more at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Friday, July 20.
Beach sand sparks anthrax scare.
Slayer and Slipknot missed guitarists, while Motörhead and Anthrax rocked Mayhem Festival.
Danish authorities say an intravenous drug user who injected heroin and died has tested positive for anthrax .
The summer months typically see an increased number of anthrax cases, so experts are warning livestock producers to be vigilant to reduce transmission to livestock and people.
Georgia sees increase in anthrax cases.
TBILISI, Georgia – Georgia says 30 people have contracted anthrax this year and that authorities have stepped up safety measures.
Texas Confirms First Case of Anthrax .
Vaxin Inc, a vaccine development company based in Birmingham's Innovation Depot, has received a $110,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health toward work on an anthrax vaccine.
An envelope containing a powder labeled weaponized anthrax '' was sent last night to the West 106th Street apartment of a New York Times editor and her husband, cops and other sources said.
The terrorist attacks, and the anthrax attacks that followed in the fall of 2001, changed all that.
The anthrax vaccine is a truly bad idea.
Anthrax guitarist and horror aficionado Scott Ian recently had his head split in two by a chainsaw … tough break, dude.
Left, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell holds a vial of anthrax before the United Nations in 2003.
FBI profiles anthrax letter writer .