Definition of “anthrax” - English Dictionary

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“anthrax” in British English

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anthraxnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈæn.θræks/ us /ˈæn.θræks/


  • It is worth while to devote some attention to the disease anthrax.
  • The occupation of the patient may suggest the possibility of anthrax infection.
  • The organisms are found in enormous numbers throughout the bodies of animals that have died of anthrax, and are readily recognised and cultivated.
  • They say it was fuzz instead of the exciting organism of anthrax that I examined in a dye and wrote about.
  • Tuberculosis, tetanus, anthrax, and many other surgical diseases are due to different forms of bacilli.

(Definition of “anthrax” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“anthrax” in American English

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anthraxnoun [ U ]

us /ˈæn·θræks/

a disease of cattle and sheep that can also cause humans to become ill or die:

Humans can contract anthrax by handling products from infected animals.

Anthrax is also the type of bacteria that causes the disease.

(Definition of “anthrax” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)