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Rocky Mountain spotted fever

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noun Pathology.
an infectious disease characterized by high fever, pains in joints, bones, and muscles, and a cutaneous eruption, caused by rickettsii and transmitted by ticks: first reported in the Rocky Mountain area, but now more widely distributed.
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Origin of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Rocky Mountain spotted fever

noun
an acute rickettsial disease characterized by high fever, chills, pain in muscles and joints, skin rash, etc. It is caused by the bite of a tick infected with the microorganism Rickettsia rickettsii
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Scientific definitions for Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Rocky Mountain spotted fever
[ rŏkē ]

An acute infection caused by the bacteria Rickettssia Rickettii and transmitted by ticks of the family Ixodidae. It is characterized by fever, extreme exhaustion, muscle pains, and skin rash.
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