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milk sickness

noun, Pathology
1.
a disease of humans, formerly common in some parts of the Middle West, caused by consuming milk from cattle that have been poisoned by eating certain kinds of snakeroot.
Origin of milk sickness
1815-1825
1815-25, Americanism
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milk sickness

noun
1.
an acute disease characterized by weakness, vomiting, and constipation, caused by ingestion of the flesh or dairy products of cattle affected with trembles
2.
(vet science) another name for trembles (sense 1)
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milk sickness in Medicine

milk sickness n.
An acute, now rare disease characterized by trembling, vomiting, and severe intestinal pain, caused by eating dairy products or meat from a cow that has fed on white snakeroot.

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