Malignant pustule
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. [1913 Webster]

A malignant and a turbaned Turk. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Characterized or caused by evil intentions; pernicious. ``Malignant care.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Some malignant power upon my life. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Something deleterious and malignant as his touch. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

3. (Med.) Tending to produce death; threatening a fatal issue; virulent; as, malignant diphtheria. [1913 Webster]

{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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Malignant pustule — Pustule Pus tule (?; 135), n. [L. pustula, and pusula: cf. F. pustule.] (Med.) A vesicle or an elevation of the cuticle with an inflamed base, containing pus. [1913 Webster] {Malignant pustule}. See under {Malignant}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • malignant pustule — n localized anthrax of the skin taking the form of a pimple surrounded by a zone of edema and hyperemia and tending to become necrotic and ulcerated * * * the initial skin lesion of cutaneous anthrax; called also malignant carbuncle …   Medical dictionary

  • malignant pustule — juodligė statusas T sritis apsauga nuo naikinimo priemonių apibrėžtis Sunki užkrečiamoji nekontaktinė gyvulių liga, kuria serga ir žmonės; juodligę sukelia sporas gaminančios bacilos; sukėlėjai aplinkoje išsilaiko kelerius metus. Perduodama… …   Apsaugos nuo naikinimo priemonių enciklopedinis žodynas

  • malignant pustule — See woolsorter s disease …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • malignant pustule — noun 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:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pustule — Pus tule (?; 135), n. [L. pustula, and pusula: cf. F. pustule.] (Med.) A vesicle or an elevation of the cuticle with an inflamed base, containing pus. [1913 Webster] {Malignant pustule}. See under {Malignant}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • malignant — adj. 1 a (of a disease) very virulent or infectious (malignant cholera). b (of a tumour) tending to invade normal tissue and recur after removal; cancerous. 2 harmful; feeling or showing intense ill will. Phrases and idioms: malignant pustule a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pustule — A pustule is a small collection of pus in the top layer of skin (epidermis) or beneath it in the dermis. Pustules frequently form in sweat glands or hair follicles. Pus is a mixture of inflammatory cells and liquid. Put somewhat more simply, a… …   Medical dictionary

  • malignant carbuncle — see under pustule …   Medical dictionary

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