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An intoxication of cattle, dogs, goats, horses, rabbits and sheep, caused by eating white snakeroot, Eupatorium rugosum; the active agent is a higher alcohol, tremetol, which in the case of intoxicated cows, is eliminated in their milk, thus causing milk sickness when ingested by humans.
[L. tremulus, trembling, fr. tremo, to tremble]
a toxic reaction experienced by cattle that have eaten white snakeroot or rayless goldenrod, pasture weeds that contain tremetone, a ketone. The toxic chemical is eliminated in the milk of the cows, causing sickness in humans who drink the milk.
A disease in cattle caused by ingestion of tremetol in plants such as white snakeroot (Eupatorium urticaefolium) or rayless goldenrod (Haplopappus heterophyllus). Symptoms include weakness, anorexia, nausea and vomiting, and prostration, possibly resulting in death. Synonym: tires See: milk sickness; tremetol
porcine congenital tremor syndrome.