Definition of


  1. (noun, state) an acute viral disease of the nervous system of warm-blooded animals (usually transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal); rabies is fatal if the virus reaches the brain

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Synonyms of Rabies

hydrophobia, lyssa, madness

Alternate forms of Rabies

Hypernyms: zoonosis, zoonotic disease

Origin of the word Rabies

  1. 1598, from L. rabies "madness, rage, fury," related to rabere "be mad, rave" (see rage). Sense of "madness in dogs" was a secondary meaning in L. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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