a serious disease, associated with streptococcal infections, usually affecting children, characterized by fever, swelling and pain in the joints, sore throat, and cardiac involvement.
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How to use rheumatic fever in a sentence
Because I did not attend college and spent all but one year of high school at home with arthritis following rheumatic fever, I had the good fortune to discover Shakespeare on my own.Shakespeare still matters. A new book reminds us why. | Michael Sims | September 9, 2021 | Washington Post
The organization cared for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and, at the Salam Center for Cardiac Surgery in Khartoum, Sudan, children whose hearts were damaged by rheumatic fever.Gino Strada, Italian doctor who served patients through war and strife, dies at 73 | Emily Langer | August 27, 2021 | Washington Post
Bedridden Child Rather spent about three years of his childhood bedridden with rheumatic fever.10 Revelations from ‘Rather Outspoken’ Autobiography | Ben Jacobs | April 28, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Suppose you are married to Cytherea herself, and the next week attacked with a rheumatic fever.
When I was ten and going to school my father had a bad illness—rheumatic fever.The Second Latchkey | Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
He fears that he is on the verge of rheumatic fever, and it is not improbable that that is exactly what he is.Nervous Breakdowns and How to Avoid Them | Charles David Musgrove
You can't thrash when you have rheumatic fever—though you want to something awful, Mrs. White says.Pollyanna | Eleanor H. Porter
Reaching Toronto, I learned that my eldest son was at death's door from repeated attacks of rheumatic fever.How I Know God Answers Prayer | Rosalind Goforth
British Dictionary definitions for rheumatic fever
a disease characterized by sore throat, fever, inflammation, and pain in the joints
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Scientific definitions for rheumatic fever
An acute inflammatory disease resulting from infections that are caused by a certain strain of bacteria of the genus Streptococcus, such as strep throat, usually in the absence of antibiotic treatment. It is marked by fever and inflammation of the joints, nerves, and heart, where it can progress to scarring and permanent dysfunction of the valves.
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Cultural definitions for rheumatic fever
An infectious disease occurring most often in children who have had a previous infection with a strain of streptococcus. Rheumatic fever, which is characterized by fever and joint pain, can cause permanent damage to the heart if left untreated. Antibiotics, such as penicillin, are used in treating the disease.
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