Definition of rabies noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈreɪbiːz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈreɪbiːz//
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a disease of dogs and other animals that causes madness and death. Infected animals can pass the disease to humans by biting them. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Latin, from rabere ‘rave’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rabies