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Medical Term:

pulmonary anthrax


Definition: a form of anthrax acquired by inhalation of dust containing Bacillus anthracis; there is an initial chill followed by pain in the back and legs, rapid respiration, dyspnea, cough, fever, rapid pulse, and extreme cardiovascular collapse.

Synonym(s): ragpicker's disease, ragsorter's disease, woolsorter's disease, woolsorter's pneumonia

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