[ rat-bahyt ]
/ ˈrætˌbaɪt /
either of two relapsing febrile diseases, widely distributed geographically, caused by infection with Streptobacillus moniliformis or Spirillum minor and transmitted by rats.
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British Dictionary definitions for rat-bite fever
/ (ˈrætˌbaɪt) /
pathol an acute infectious febrile disease caused by the bite of a rat infected with either of two pathogenic bacteria (Streptobacillus moniliformis or Spirillum minus)
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Medicine definitions for rat-bite fever
Headache, fever, lymphangitis, and lymphadenitis following the bite of a rat or other rodent, due either to a spirillum or to Streptobacillus moniliformis.
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