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scarlet fever

noun, Pathology.
a contagious febrile disease caused by streptococci and characterized by a scarlet eruption.
Origin of scarlet fever
First recorded in 1670-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In 1867 I attended a young lady whose previous health had been good, and whose brother was sick at the time with scarlet fever.

  • And I don't mean the scarlet fever which you haven't, or a hair lip, or such like.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • We could not tell, from what he said, whether he had been divorced or had lost them all from scarlet fever.

    More Tish Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Harvey says it is not scarlet fever at all, and he persuaded mother to let him go after you.

    Macaria Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
  • Well, to give us all scarlet fever, malignant scarlet fever?

    The Girls at Mount Morris Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • She replied: "We are not talking about scarlet fever; we are talking about trains!"

    Eliza Barry Pain
  • Measles today, smallpox, tuberculosis, scarlet fever and everything else tomorrow.

    Badge of Infamy Lester del Rey
  • I ain't no taste sence I had scarlet fever so it don't bother me.

    The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart
  • "Then there is no danger of scarlet fever," whispered Ruth, feeling relieved.

  • The sisters, however, were both seized with scarlet fever, and died.

    Stories of Animal Sagacity W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for scarlet fever

scarlet fever

an acute communicable disease characterized by fever, strawberry-coloured tongue, and a typical rash starting on the neck and chest and spreading to the abdomen and limbs, caused by all group A haemolytic Streptococcus bacteria Technical name scarlatina
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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scarlet fever in Medicine

scarlet fever scar·let fever (skär'lĭt)
An acute contagious disease caused by a hemolytic streptococcus, occurring predominantly among children and characterized by a scarlet skin eruption and high fever. Also called scarlatina.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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scarlet fever in Science
scarlet fever
A severe acute infectious disease caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes, occurring mainly in children, and marked by high fever, sore throat and a red skin rash.
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scarlet fever in Culture

scarlet fever definition

An acute and contagious disease caused by a kind of streptococcus. Characterized by fever, sore throat, and a bright red rash, scarlet fever can be treated with penicillin.

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