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scarlet fever

noun

: a very serious disease that causes a fever, sore throat, and a red rash

Full Definition of SCARLET FEVER

:  an acute contagious febrile disease caused by hemolytic Group A streptococci and characterized by inflammation of the nose, throat, and mouth, generalized toxemia, and a red rash

First Known Use of SCARLET FEVER

1676

scarlet fever

noun scar·let fever \ˈskär-lət-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SCARLET FEVER

:  an acute contagious febrile disease caused by Group A bacteria of the genus Streptococcus (especially various strains of S. pyogenes) and characterized by inflammation of the nose, throat, and mouth, generalized toxemia, and a red rash—called also scarlatina

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