- any of several fevers characterized by spots on the skin, especially as in cerebrospinal meningitis or typhus fever.
- tick fever.
Origin of spotted fever
First recorded in 1640–50
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- any of various severe febrile diseases characterized by small irregular spots on the skin, as in Rocky Mountain spotted fever or tick fever
- A tick typhus caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
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