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[glan-derz] /ˈglæn dərz/
noun, (used with a singular verb) Veterinary Pathology.
a contagious disease chiefly of horses and mules but communicable to humans, caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas mallei and characterized by swellings beneath the jaw and a profuse mucous discharge from the nostrils.
Compare farcy.
Origin of glanders
1475-85; < Middle French glandres swollen glands < Latin glandulae swollen glands, literally, little acorns. See gland1, -ule
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glanderous, adjective Unabridged
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(functioning as sing) a highly infectious bacterial disease of horses, sometimes transmitted to man, caused by Actinobacillus mallei and characterized by inflammation and ulceration of the mucous membranes of the air passages, skin, and lymph glands
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glandered, adjective
glanderous, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Old French glandres enlarged glands, from Latin glandulae, literally: little acorns, from glāns acorn; see gland1
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Word Origin and History for glanders

"horse disease characterized by glandular swelling," early 15c., from Old French glandres "swollen glands," plural of glandre, from Latin glandula (see gland).

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