spotted fever

noun Pathology.

any of several fevers characterized by spots on the skin, especially as in cerebrospinal meningitis or typhus fever.

Origin of spotted fever

First recorded in 1640–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for spotted fever

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British Dictionary definitions for spotted fever

spotted fever


any of various severe febrile diseases characterized by small irregular spots on the skin, as in Rocky Mountain spotted fever or tick fever
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Medicine definitions for spotted fever

spotted fever

[ spŏtĭd ]


A tick typhus caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
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