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ratbite fever

[rat-bahyt]
noun Pathology.
  1. 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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Origin of ratbite fever

First recorded in 1905–10; rat + bite
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British Dictionary definitions for ratbite fever

ratbite fever

ratbite disease

noun
  1. 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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