- a contagious febrile disease caused by streptococci and characterized by a scarlet eruption.
Origin of scarlet fever
First recorded in 1670–80
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Scarlet-fever was round, and she and the boy had both been exposed.Sweet Cicely
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One hundred and ninety-six men had had scarlet-fever and there had been four deaths.With our Fighting Men
William E. Sellers
She had been petted from babyhood, for scarlet-fever had left her weak and nervous.Campaigning with Crook and Stories of Army Life
The closing one was scarlet-fever, and he came out of it stone deaf.Chapters from My Autobiography
Scarlet-fever came in the door, and we all had it; and oh, how the cradle did go!Around The Tea-Table
T. De Witt Talmage
- 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
- An acute contagious disease caused by a hemolytic streptococcus, occurring predominantly among children and characterized by a scarlet skin eruption and high fever.scarlatina
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- 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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