relapsing fever


noun Pathology.

one of a group of fevers characterized by relapses, occurring in many tropical countries, and caused by several species of spirochetes transmitted by several species of lice and ticks.

Nearby words

  1. rekt,
  2. rel.,
  3. rel. pron.,
  4. reladle,
  5. relapse,
  6. relapsing polychondritis,
  7. relata,
  8. relate,
  9. related,
  10. relatedly

Origin of relapsing fever

First recorded in 1840–50

Also called recurrent fever.

recurrent fever

noun Pathology.

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British Dictionary definitions for recurrent fever

recurrent fever

noun

another name for relapsing fever

relapsing fever

noun

any of various infectious diseases characterized by recurring fever, caused by the bite of body lice or ticks infected with spirochaetes of the genus BorreliaAlso called: recurrent fever
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Medicine definitions for recurrent fever

recurrent fever

n.

relapsing fever

relapsing fever

[rĭ-lăpsĭng]

n.

An acute infectious disease caused by a strain of Borrelia transmitted by lice or ticks and marked by recurring febrile attacks lasting about six days and separated from one other by apyretic intervals of about the same length.recurrent fever

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