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Pronunciation: trem'belz

Definition: An intoxication of cattle, dogs, goats, horses, rabbits and sheep, caused by eating white snakeroot, Eupatorium rugosum; the active agent is a higher alcohol, tremetol, which in the case of intoxicated cows, is eliminated in their milk, thus causing milk sickness when ingested by humans.

[L. tremulus, trembling, fr. tremo, to tremble]

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