Pronunciation: (an'thraks), [key]
—pl. -thra•cesPronunciation: (-thru-sēz"). [key] Pathol.
1. an infectious, often fatal disease of cattle, sheep, and other mammals, caused by Bacillus anthracis, transmitted to humans by contaminated wool, raw meat, or other animal products.
2. a malignant carbuncle that is the diagnostic lesion of anthrax disease in humans.
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