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for cutaneous anthrax
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
malignant \ma*lig"nant\, a. [L. malignans, -antis, p. pr. of
malignare, malignari, to do or make maliciously. See
Malign, and cf. Benignant.]
1. Disposed to do harm, inflict suffering, or cause distress;
actuated by extreme malevolence or enmity; virulently
inimical; bent on evil; malicious.
A malignant and a turbaned Turk. --Shak.
2. Characterized or caused by evil intentions; pernicious.
"Malignant care." --Macaulay.
Some malignant power upon my life. --Shak.
Something deleterious and malignant as his touch.
3. (Med.) Tending to produce death; threatening a fatal
issue; virulent; as, malignant diphtheria.
Malignant pustule (Med.), a very contagious disease
produced by infection of subcutaneous tissues with the
bacterium Bacillus anthracis. It is transmitted to man
from animals and is characterized by the formation, at the
point of reception of the infection, of a vesicle or
pustule which first enlarges and then breaks down into an
unhealthy ulcer. It is marked by profound exhaustion and
often fatal. The disease in animals is called charbon;
in man it is called cutaneous anthrax, and formerly was
sometimes called simply anthrax.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a form of anthrax infection that begins as papule that
becomes a vesicle and breaks with a discharge of toxins;
symptoms of septicemia are severe with vomiting and high
fever and profuse sweating; the infection is often fatal
[syn: cutaneous anthrax, malignant pustule]
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