Definition of rabies in English:

rabies

Pronunciation /ˈrābēz/ /ˈreɪbiz/

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noun

  • A contagious and fatal viral disease of dogs and other mammals that causes madness and convulsions, transmissible through the saliva to humans.

    ‘Pasteur went on to discover vaccinations for chicken pox, cholera, diphtheria, anthrax and rabies.’
    Also called hydrophobia
    • ‘A range of diseases including rabies and Lyme disease are carried by animals, so you should avoid contact with them.’
    • ‘There was no report on diphtheria, rabies, tetanus or whooping cough during the study period.’
    • ‘Symptoms of early rabies infection in humans can include, headaches, and fever.’
    • ‘An average of only one or two human deaths from rabies are now reported each year.’
    • ‘If an animal that is possibly infected with rabies bites you, you must be treated promptly.’
    • ‘Human or equine rabies immunoglobulin should be given if any wounds penetrate the skin.’
    • ‘Foxes are known vectors for rabies and can transmit the disease to humans and other animals.’
    • ‘Consider rabies vaccinations if you are travelling to an area where rabies is common.’
    • ‘Has the patient been in contact with saliva of an animal likely to cause rabies?’
    • ‘However, bat rabies poses a significant threat to human population in these areas.’
    • ‘The last known case of a human being contracting rabies in France was 1924.’
    • ‘The following month she began to show signs of rabies infection and was later hospitalized.’
    • ‘Your cat, dog or ferret typically picks up rabies through a bite from or to another animal that has rabies.’
    • ‘Your risk of exposure to rabies in the United States is greater when you come into contact with a wild animal.’
    • ‘A tentative diagnosis of rabies was made on a biopsy and confirmed at autopsy.’
    • ‘Reliable data on rabies are scarce in many areas of the globe, making it difficult to assess its full impact on human and animal health.’
    • ‘The authorities have all but ruled out rabies as a cause of death.’
    • ‘This is especially true for animals that appear unusually tame, as this is an early sign of rabies in animals.’
    • ‘Severe bites on the head, face or neck may result in rabies in as short a period as nine days.’

Origin

Late 16th century from Latin, from rabere ‘rave’.