from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An infectious, usually fatal disease of warm-blooded animals, especially of cattle and sheep, caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. The disease can be transmitted to humans through contact with contaminated animal substances, such as hair, feces, or hides, and is characterized by ulcerative skin lesions.
- n. A lesion caused by anthrax.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An acute infectious bacterial disease of herbivores, especially sheep and cattle. It can occur in humans through contact with infected animals, tissue from infected animals, or high concentrations of anthrax spores, but is not usually spread between humans. Symptoms include lesions on the skin or in the lungs, and it is often fatal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A carbuncle.
- n. A malignant pustule.
- n. A microscopic, bacterial organism (Bacillus anthracis), resembling transparent rods. [See Illust. under Bacillus.]
- n. An infectious disease of cattle and sheep. It is ascribed to the presence of a rod-shaped gram-positive bacterium (Bacillus anthracis), the spores of which constitute the contagious matter. It may be transmitted to man by inoculation. The spleen becomes greatly enlarged and filled with bacteria. Called also splenic fever.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, a carbuncle of any sort. See phrases below.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of dipterous insects, giving name to a family Anthracidæ (which see): now placed in Bombyliidæ.
- n. Lithanthrax, or pit- or stone-coal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a disease of humans that is not communicable; caused by infection with Bacillus anthracis followed by septicemia
- n. a highly infectious animal disease (especially cattle and sheep); it can be transmitted to people
The term anthrax has now become a household word for better or for worse.
The president touting once again that $1 million reward being offered by the FBI and the Postal Service for information leading to the arrest and conviction of what he called the anthrax terrorists.
West's chief of staff says the letter contained derogatory comments about the politician and contained the word anthrax.
'The letter also mentioned the word anthrax,' the statement said.
Author Boyle, cited above, is also the author of “Biowarfare and Terrorism” (Clarity), in which he terms the anthrax attacks of 2001 “the greatest political crime” in U.S. history and asks the question: “Could it truly be coincidental that two of the primary intended victims of the terrorist anthrax attacks --- Senators Daschle and Leahy — were holding up the speedy passage of the pre-planned USA Patriot Act after the terrible tragedy of 11 September 2001 --- an Act which provided the federal government with unprecedented powers in relation to US citizens and institutions?”
The disease, anthrax, is caused by the bacterium, Bacillus anthracis.
As someone who has worked in public health emergency preparedness, and run the CRI program for one of the cities in the program, we are a bit more prepared than you might think – The issue with respect to anthrax is you have to administer the drugs within a very narrow (48 hour) window – a difficult task but not impossible.
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