|1.||(tr) to kill by compressing the windpipe; throttle|
|2.||(tr) to prevent or inhibit the growth or development of: to strangle originality|
|3.||(tr) to suppress (an utterance) by or as if by swallowing suddenly: to strangle a cry|
|[C13: via Old French, ultimately from Greek strangalē a halter]|
|(functioning as singular) Also called: equine distemper an acute bacterial disease of horses caused by infection with Streptococcus equi, characterized by inflammation of the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, resulting in abscesses and a nasal discharge|
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strangle stran·gle (strāng'gəl)
v. stran·gled, stran·gling, stran·gles
To compress the trachea so as to prevent sufficient passage of air; suffocate.
horse disease caused by Streptococcus equi, a bacterium that invades nasal and throat passages and forms abscesses in lymph nodes and other parts of the body. It is also called distemper of horses. Young horses are most susceptible to it, and outbreaks of the disease usually occur where a number of horses are stabled. Mortality is low. Treatment includes complete rest and antibiotic therapy. Isolation of infected animals and rigid sanitation of quarters help reduce the spread of the disease. Vaccines are available, although they may reduce the severity rather than prevent occurrence of the disease.
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