farcy

farcy

[fahr-see]
noun, plural farcies. Veterinary Pathology.
a form of glanders chiefly affecting the skin and superficial lymphatic vessels of horses and mules.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English farsy(n) < Anglo-French, Middle French farcin < Late Latin farcīminum glandular disease (Latin farcī(re) to stuff + Late Latin -minum for Latin -men noun suffix)

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farcy (ˈfɑːsɪ)
 
n , pl -cies
vet science a form of glanders in which lymph vessels near the skin become thickened, with skin lesions and abscess-forming nodules, caused by a bacterium, Burkholderia mallei
 
[C15: from Old French farcin, from Late Latin farcīminum glanders, from Latin farcīmen a sausage, from farcīre to stuff]

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specific infectious and contagious disease of solipeds (the horse, ass, and mule); secondarily, humans may become infected through contact with diseased animals or by inoculation while handling diseased tissues and making laboratory cultures of the causal bacillus. In 1882 the bacteriologists Friedrich Loffler and Wilhelm Schutz in Germany isolated and identified the causal agent, which they named the Bacillus mallei, now designated technically as the Pfeifferella mallei or Malleomyces mallei. After infection, the disease usually follows a chronic course with a variable period of incubation extending from several weeks to several months.

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