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noun Pathology.
a contagious febrile disease caused by streptococci and characterized by a scarlet eruption.

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Origin of scarlet fever

First recorded in 1670–80
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British Dictionary definitions for scarlet fever

scarlet fever

noun
an acute communicable disease characterized by fever, strawberry-coloured tongue, and a typical rash starting on the neck and chest and spreading to the abdomen and limbs, caused by all group A haemolytic Streptococcus bacteriaTechnical name: scarlatina
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Scientific definitions for scarlet fever

scarlet fever
[ skärlĭt ]

A severe acute infectious disease caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes, occurring mainly in children, and marked by high fever, sore throat and a red skin rash.
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Cultural definitions for scarlet fever

scarlet fever

An acute and contagious disease caused by a kind of streptococcus. Characterized by fever, sore throat, and a bright red rash, scarlet fever can be treated with penicillin.

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