Milk sickness
Milk sickness Milk sickness (Veter., Med.) A peculiar malignant disease, occurring in parts of the western United States, and affecting certain kinds of farm stock (esp. cows), and persons using the meat or dairy products of infected cattle. Its chief symptoms in man are uncontrollable vomiting, obstinate constipation, pain, and muscular tremors. Its origin in cattle has been variously ascribed to the presence of certain plants in their food, and to polluted water. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • Milk sickness — Milk Milk (m[i^]lk), n. [AS. meoluc, meoloc, meolc, milc; akin to OFries. meloc, D. melk, G. milch, OHG. miluh, Icel. mj[=o]lk, Sw. mj[ o]lk, Dan. melk, Goth. miluks, G. melken to milk, OHG. melchan, Lith. milszti, L. mulgere, Gr. ame lgein.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • milk sickness — n an acute disease characterized by weakness, vomiting, and constipation and caused by eating dairy products or meat from cattle affected with trembles * * * acute, often fatal poisoning in humans who drink milk, or eat milk products or meat,… …   Medical dictionary

  • Milk-sickness — (Milk disease, engl., d. i. Milchkrankheit), erst im 19. Jahrh. in den Ver. Staaten von Amerika bekannt gewordene Erkrankung des Weideviehs, bestehend in Zittern des Körpers, Kreisbewegungen, Aufhören der Kotentleerung etc., Tod nach 2 4 Tagen.… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Milk-sickness — (engl., Milchkrankheit), in Nordamerika eine Krankheit der Pferde und Wiederkäuer, die anscheinend auf gewissen Weiden namentlich dann entsteht, wenn die Tiere frühmorgens oder spät abends weiden. Die erkrankten Tiere stehen traurig auf einem… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • milk sickness — ☆ milk sickness n. a rare disease, formerly common in the W U.S., caused by consuming dairy products or flesh from cattle that have eaten any of various poisonous weeds …   English World dictionary

  • Milk sickness — This article is about poisoning from milk tainted by a plant toxin . For illness due to milk contaminated with bacteria, see Foodborne illness . For ordinary indigestion caused by consuming dairy, see Lactose intolerance. Milk sickness… …   Wikipedia

  • milk sickness — milk′ sick ness n. pat a disease of humans caused by consuming milk from cattle that have eaten poisonous weeds • Etymology: 1815–25, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • milk sickness — Pathol. a disease of humans, formerly common in some parts of the Middle West, caused by consuming milk from cattle that have been poisoned by eating certain kinds of snakeroot. [1815 25, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • milk sickness — noun 1. disease of livestock and especially cattle poisoned by eating certain kinds of snakeroot • Syn: ↑trembles • Hypernyms: ↑animal disease 2. caused by consuming milk from cattle suffering from trembles • Hypernyms: ↑disease …   Useful english dictionary

  • milk sickness — noun Date: 1823 1. an acute disease characterized by weakness, vomiting, and constipation and caused by eating dairy products or meat from cattle poisoned by various plants 2. tremble 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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