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scarlet fever

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noun Pathology.
  1. a contagious febrile disease caused by streptococci and characterized by a scarlet eruption.

Origin of scarlet fever

First recorded in 1670–80
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Examples from the Web for scarlet fever

Historical Examples

  • Scarlet-fever was round, and she and the boy had both been exposed.

    Sweet Cicely

    Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley

  • One hundred and ninety-six men had had scarlet-fever and there had been four deaths.

    With our Fighting Men

    William E. Sellers

  • She had been petted from babyhood, for scarlet-fever had left her weak and nervous.

  • The closing one was scarlet-fever, and he came out of it stone deaf.

  • Scarlet-fever came in the door, and we all had it; and oh, how the cradle did go!

    Around The Tea-Table

    T. De Witt Talmage

British Dictionary definitions for scarlet fever

scarlet fever

  1. 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 bacteriaTechnical name: scarlatina
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

scarlet fever in Medicine

scarlet fever

  1. An acute contagious disease caused by a hemolytic streptococcus, occurring predominantly among children and characterized by a scarlet skin eruption and high fever.scarlatina
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scarlet fever in Science

scarlet fever

  1. 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

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.

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