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noun Pathology.
  1. scarlet fever.
  2. a mild form of scarlet fever.
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Origin of scarlatina

1795–1805; < New Latin (febris) scarlatina scarlet fever, derivative of Medieval Latin scarlata scarlet (cloth); see scarlet, -ine1
Related formsscar·la·ti·nal, scar·la·ti·nous [skahr-luh-tee-nuh s, skahr-lat-n-uh s] /ˌskɑr ləˈti nəs, skɑrˈlæt n əs/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for scarlatina


  1. the technical name for scarlet fever
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Derived Formsscarlatinal, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from Italian scarlattina, diminutive of scarlatto scarlet
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Word Origin and History for scarlatina


1803, from Modern Latin scarlatina (Sydenham, 1676), from Italian scarlattina (Lancelotti, 1527), fem. of scarlattino (adj.), diminutive of scarlatto "scarlet" (see scarlet). It is a synonym for scarlet fever, not a milder form of it. Related: Scarlattinal.

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scarlatina in Medicine


  1. scarlet fever
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Related formsscar′la•tinal adj.
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