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glanders

Pronunciation: glan'derz

Definition: A chronic debilitating disease of horses and other equids, as well as some members of the cat family, caused by Pseudomonas mallei and transmissible to humans. It attacks the mucous membranes of the nostrils of the horse, producing an increased and vitiated secretion and discharge of mucus, and enlargement and induration of the glands of the lower jaw. Suppurative pneumonia and skin nodules and ulcers are other forms the disease can take. Eradicated in North America and most countries; as of 1999 found only in Brazil, Mongolia and Pakistan.

[O. Fr. glandres, glands]

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