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rheumatic fever

noun, Pathology.
a serious disease, associated with streptococcal infections, usually affecting children, characterized by fever, swelling and pain in the joints, sore throat, and cardiac involvement.
Origin of rheumatic fever
First recorded in 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Mrs. Everett had just recovered from a severe attack of rheumatic fever, contracted the spring before in Paris.

    The Philosopher's Joke Jerome K. Jerome
  • And the wife—she ain't strong, just got up from rheumatic fever.

  • Here is a case of heart-disease consequent on a rheumatic fever that followed reckless exposure.

  • Mary, the nurse, went over with me to see her, and says she has rheumatic fever.

    A Woman who went to Alaska May Kellogg Sullivan
  • Anxiety and distress brought on renewal of rheumatic fever, and I was crippled in hands and feet for six terrible weeks.

    A Speckled Bird Augusta J. Evans Wilson
  • But he got wet once too often, and was attacked with rheumatic fever.

    Johnny Ludlow. First Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Suppose you are married to Cytherea herself, and the next week attacked with a rheumatic fever.

  • I only ran in to tell you poor Jane's down again with rheumatic fever.'

    Demos George Gissing
  • He lay there groaning in the fierce clutches of rheumatic fever.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
British Dictionary definitions for rheumatic fever

rheumatic fever

a disease characterized by sore throat, fever, inflammation, and pain in the joints
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rheumatic fever in Medicine

rheumatic fever n.
An acute inflammatory disease occurring during recovery from infection with group A streptococci, having an onset marked by fever and joint pain. It is associated with polyarthritis, Sydenham's chorea, and endocarditis, and is frequently followed by scarring of the heart valves.

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rheumatic fever in Science
rheumatic fever
An acute inflammatory disease resulting from infections that are caused by a certain strain of bacteria of the genus Streptococcus, such as strep throat, usually in the absence of antibiotic treatment. It is marked by fever and inflammation of the joints, nerves, and heart, where it can progress to scarring and permanent dysfunction of the valves.
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rheumatic fever in Culture
rheumatic fever [(rooh-mat-ik)]

An infectious disease occurring most often in children who have had a previous infection with a strain of streptococcus. Rheumatic fever, which is characterized by fever and joint pain, can cause permanent damage to the heart if left untreated. Antibiotics, such as penicillin, are used in treating the disease.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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