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[rin-der-pest] /ˈrɪn dərˌpɛst/
noun, Veterinary Pathology
an acute, usually fatal infectious disease of cattle, sheep, etc., caused by a paramyxovirus of the genus Morbillivirus and characterized by high fever, diarrhea, and lesions of the skin and mucous membranes.
Also called cattle plague.
Origin of rinderpest
1860-65; < German, equivalent to Rinder cattle (plural of Rind) + Pest pestilence Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for rinderpest
  • Over time mutation spawns new diseases: avian influenza becomes human influenza, bovine rinderpest becomes measles.
  • Two infectious agents, smallpox in humans and rinderpest in cattle, have been eradicated.
  • rinderpest is an infectious viral disease of cattle.
  • Detection of rinderpest antibodies in elephants, spotted deer and blackbucks.
British Dictionary definitions for rinderpest


an acute contagious viral disease of cattle, characterized by severe inflammation of the intestinal tract and diarrhoea
Word Origin
C19: German: cattle pest
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