anthrax

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anthrax an·thrax (ān'thrāks')
n.

  1. An infectious, usually fatal disease of warm-blooded animals that is characterized by ulcerative skin lesions, can be transmitted to humans, and is caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. Also called carbuncle.

  2. pl. an·thra·ces (-thrə-sēz') A lesion caused by anthrax.

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