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strangles

[strang-guh lz] /ˈstræŋ gəlz/
noun, (used with a singular verb) Veterinary Pathology
1.
distemper1 (def 1b).
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; obsolete strangle act of strangling + -s3

strangle

[strang-guh l] /ˈstræŋ gəl/
verb (used with object), strangled, strangling.
1.
to kill by squeezing the throat in order to compress the windpipe and prevent the intake of air, as with the hands or a tightly drawn cord.
2.
to kill by stopping the breath in any manner; choke; stifle; suffocate.
3.
to prevent the continuance, growth, rise, or action of; suppress:
Censorship strangles a free press.
verb (used without object), strangled, strangling.
4.
to be choked, stifled, or suffocated.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English strangelen < Old French estrangler < Latin strangulāre < Greek strangalân, derivative of strangálē halter, akin to strangós twisted
Related forms
strangler, noun
stranglingly, adverb
unstrangled, adjective
Synonyms
1. garrote, throttle, choke. 2. smother. 3. check, repress, gag, muzzle.
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British Dictionary definitions for strangles

strangles

/ˈstræŋɡəlz/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) 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 Also called equine distemper
Word Origin
C18: from strangle

strangle

/ˈstræŋɡəl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to kill by compressing the windpipe; throttle
2.
(transitive) to prevent or inhibit the growth or development of: to strangle originality
3.
(transitive) to suppress (an utterance) by or as if by swallowing suddenly: to strangle a cry
See also strangles
Word Origin
C13: via Old French, ultimately from Greek strangalē a halter
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Word Origin and History for strangles

strangle

v.

c.1300, from Old French estrangler, from Latin strangulare "to choke, stifle, check, constrain," from Greek strangalan "choke, twist," from strangale "a halter, cord, lace," related to strangos "twisted," from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (see strain (v.)). Related: Strangled; strangling.

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strangles in Medicine

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.

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Encyclopedia Article for strangles

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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