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Meaning of black disease

black' disease"

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— Vet. Pathol. Vet. Pathol.
  1. an acute, usually fatal disease of sheep caused by general intoxication from Clostridium novyi, an anaerobic organism that multiplies in parts of the liver damaged by the common liver fluke.
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