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form of anthrax infection acquired by inhalation of dust containing Bacillus anthracis; initial symptoms (chill and cough and dyspnea and rapid pulse) are followed by extreme cardiovascular collapse anthrax pneumonia , inhalation anthrax , pulmonary anthrax , ragpicker's disease , ragsorter's disease , woolsorter's disease , woolsorter's pneumonia
collapse of an expanded lung (especially in infants); also failure of pulmonary alveoli to expand at birth atelectasis
sudden collapse of snow, ice, rock, and earth avalanche
region of space resulting from the collapse of a star; extremely high gravitational field black hole
physical or mental collapse breakdown
collapse or warp buckle
collapse or sink down cave in , founder , subside
sudden collapse of something into a hollow beneath it cave in , subsidence
(cosmology) a universe in which there is sufficient matter to halt the expansion that began with the big bang and to cause the universe to collapse again; the visible matter is only 10 percent of the matter required for closure but there may be large amou closed universe
sudden collapse crash
violent collapse debacle
sudden and violent collapse debacle , fiasco
abnormal spinal curvature that results when osteoporosis causes the spine to collapse; seen most often in elderly women dowager's hump
collapse or decrease fall
collapse caused by exposure to excessive heat heat hyperpyrexia , heatstroke
collapse inward violently implode
inward, violent collapse implosion
sudden inward collapse implosion
abnormal presence of air in the pleural cavity resulting in the collapse of the lung; may be spontaneous (due to injury to the chest) or induced (as a treatment for tuberculosis) pneumothorax
destruction or collapse of something rack , wrack
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