cat scratch disease

noun

Definition of cat scratch disease

: an illness that is characterized by swelling of the lymph glands, fever, and chills and is caused chiefly by a bacterium (Bartonella henselae synonym Rochalimaea henselae) transmitted especially by a cat scratch

called also cat scratch fever

First Known Use of cat scratch disease

1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Cat scratch disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cat%20scratch%20disease. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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cat scratch disease

noun

Medical Definition of cat scratch disease

: an illness that is characterized by chills, slight fever, and swelling of the lymph glands and is caused chiefly by a gram-negative bacterium of the genus Bartonella (B. henselae synonym Rochalimaea henselae) transmitted especially by the scratch of a cat

called also cat scratch fever

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