cordon sanitaire

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Related to cordons sanitaires: sanitary cordon

cor·don san·i·taire

(kōr-don' san-i-tār'),
The barrier erected around a focus of infection.
[Fr., sanitary barrier]

cordon sanitaire

(kôr-dôN′ sä-nē-târ′)
n. pl. cordons sanitaires (kôr-dôN′ sä-nē-târ′)
1. A barrier designed to prevent a disease or other undesirable condition from spreading.
2. A chain of buffer states organized around a ideologically dangerous or potentially hostile nation.