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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.
Contemporary Examples

On a special episode of The Tyra Banks Show, Tyra dabbles in some dark comedy by pretending to have rabies.
Adios, Tyra! Her 14 Most Outrageous Moments Sujay Kumar, The Daily Beast Video May 26, 2010

The critters resemble the gopher from Caddyshack… if it had rabies.
Inside ‘Zombeavers’: The Gross-Out Tribeca Flick About Killer Zombie Beavers Hunting Sexy Coeds Marlow Stern April 23, 2014

Remember when everyone was shrieking at each other like wild banshees with rabies on those early seasons of The Real World?
In Praise of ‘Dating Naked’ and the Glorious Rise of Butts on Reality TV Kevin Fallon July 16, 2014

Undead Monica Murphy and Bill Wasik, Wired The rabies virus remains a medical mystery.
The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for August 4, 2012 David Sessions August 3, 2012

Historical Examples

His greatest practical triumph was undoubtedly with regard to hydrophobia, or, as it is more properly called, rabies.
Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh

Therefore he followed with rabies the method that he had followed with anthrax.
Experiments on Animals Stephen Paget

Tom Blair’s teeth ground each other like those of a dog with rabies.
Ben Blair Will Lillibridge

A guinea-pig inoculated in the eye 26th May was seized with rabies 10th September.
Experiments on Animals Stephen Paget

To-day men of science are trying to conquer the horrors of cancer and smallpox, and rabies and consumption.
God and my Neighbour Robert Blatchford

The form that rabies take in rabbits may fairly be called painless.
Experiments on Animals Stephen Paget

(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 paralysis Also called hydrophobia, lyssa

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.

rabies ra·bies (rā’bēz)
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.
ra’bi·et’ic (-ět’ĭk) adj.
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.
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.


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