Rocky Mountain spotted fever

noun
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

:an acute disease that is characterized by chills, fever, prostration, pains in muscles and joints, and a red to purple eruption and that is caused by a rickettsial bacteria (Rickettsia rickettsii) usually transmitted by an ixodid tick and especially the American dog tick, brown dog tick, or a wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni)

First Known Use of rocky mountain spotted fever

1905


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Rocky Mountain spotted fever

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noun Rocky Moun·tain spotted fever \ ˈräk-ē-ˈmau̇nt-ᵊn- \

medical Definition of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

:an acute bacterial disease that is characterized by chills, fever, prostration, pains in muscles and joints, and a red purple eruption and that is caused by a bacterium of the genus Rickettsia (R. rickettsii) usually transmitted by ixodid ticks and especially by the American dog tick and Rocky Mountain wood tick

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