rabies [rey-beez] ExamplesWord Origin noun Pathology.
- an infectious disease of dogs, cats, and other animals, transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected animal and usually fatal if prophylactic treatment is not administered: caused by an RNA virus of the rhabdovirus group; hydrophobia.
Origin of rabies 1655–65; Latin rabiēs rage, madness, derivative of rabere to be mad, raveRelated formsrab·ic [rab-ik, rey-bik] /ˈræb ɪk, ˈreɪ bɪk/, adjectivean·ti·ra·bies, adjective, noun Examples from the Web for rabic Historical Examples of rabic
Now, the saliva loses its rabic virulence in twenty-four hours.
Of eight unvaccinated dogs, six succumbed to the intravenous inoculation of rabic matter.
Of eight unvaccinated dogs, six died after extra-venous inoculation of rabic matter.
Of five unvaccinated dogs, all died after inoculation, by trepanning, of the brain with rabic matter.
British Dictionary definitions for rabic rabies noun
- pathol an acute infectious viral disease of the nervous system transmitted by the saliva of infected animals, esp dogs. It is characterized by excessive salivation, aversion to water, convulsions, and paralysisAlso called: hydrophobia, lyssa
Derived Formsrabic (ˈræbɪk) or rabietic (ˌreɪbɪˈɛtɪk), adjectiveWord Origin for rabies C17: from Latin: madness, from rabere to rave Word Origin and History for rabic rabies n.
1590s, from Latin rabies “madness, rage, fury,” related to rabere “be mad, rave” (see rage (v.)). Sense of “extremely fatal infectious disease causing madness in dogs” was a secondary meaning in Latin. Known hydrophobia in humans.
rabic in Medicine rabies [rā′bēz] n.
- An infectious, highly fatal viral disease of warm blooded animals that attacks the central nervous system; symptoms include excitement, aggressiveness, and dementia, followed by paralysis and death.
Related formsra′bi•et′ic (-ĕt′ĭk) adj. rabic in Science rabies [rā′bēz]
- A usually fatal infectious disease of warm-blooded animals caused by a virus of the genus Lyssavirus that causes inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. It is transmitted by the bite of an infected animal, such as a dog or bat and can be prevented in humans by a vaccine. See Note at hydrophobia.
rabic in Culture rabies [(ray-beez)]
An acute disease, caused by a virus, which attacks the central nervous system and results in paralysis and death if not treated promptly. Rabies is transmitted to humans by the bite of an animal infected with the disease.