Definition of rabies in English:



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

    • ‘Pasteur went on to discover vaccinations for chicken pox, cholera, diphtheria, anthrax and rabies.’
    • ‘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.’


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



/ˈreɪbiːz/ /ˈreɪbɪz/