rat-bite fever

rat–bite fever


Definition of RAT-BITE FEVER

: either of two febrile human diseases usually transmitted by the bite of a rat: a : a septicemia marked by irregular relapsing fever, rashes, muscular pain and arthritis, and great weakness and caused by a bacterium of the genus Streptobacillus (S. moniliformis) b : a disease that is marked by sharp elevation of temperature, swelling of lymph glands, eruption, recurrent inflammation of the bite wound, and muscular pains in the part where the bite wound occurred and that is caused by a bacterium of the genus Spirillum (S. minor synonym S. minus)—called also sodoku

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up rat-bite fever? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).