cordons sanitaires

cordon sanitaire

[French kawr-dawn sa-nee-ter]
noun, plural cordons sanitaires [French kawr-dawn sa-nee-ter] .
1.
a line around a quarantined area guarded to prevent the spread of a disease by restricting passage into or out of the area.
2.
a group of neighboring, generally neutral states forming a geographical barrier between two states having aggressive military or ideological aims against each other.

Origin:
1840–50; < French; see cordon, sanitary

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cordon sanitaire (kɔrdɔ̃ sanitɛr)
 
n
1.  a guarded line serving to cut off an infected area
2.  a line of buffer states, esp when protecting a nation from infiltration or attack
 
[C19: literally: sanitary line]

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cordon sanitaire cor·don sa·ni·taire (kôr-dôɴ' sä-nē-târ')
n.
A barrier designed to prevent a disease or other undesirable condition from spreading.

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