Medical Dictionary

scarlet fever

noun scar·let fever \ˈskär-lət-\

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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