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.
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Also called recurrent fever.
Origin of relapsing fever
First recorded in 1840–50
Words nearby relapsing fever
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Dysentery also followed the decline of the relapsing-fever epidemic of 1847-48.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)|Charles Creighton
British Dictionary definitions for relapsing fever
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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Medical definitions for relapsing fever
[ rĭ-lăp′sĭng ]
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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