rheumatic fever

noun

Definition of rheumatic fever 

: an acute disease that occurs chiefly in children and young adults and is characterized by fever, by inflammation and pain in and around the joints, and by inflammatory involvement of the pericardium and heart valves

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Streptococcus can also trigger rheumatic fever, a leading cause of heart disease around the world. Kate Sheridan, Newsweek, "Strep Vaccine Could Save Lives and Reduce Health Care Costs—So Why Don't We Have One?," 26 Feb. 2018 Complications of scarlet fever can include Bright's disease, a form of kidney damage, and rheumatic fever, an autoimmune disease that affects the heart, joins, skin and brain. Meera Senthilingam And Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Health agency warns UK parents as scarlet fever cases soar," 27 Mar. 2018 The disease doesn’t often kill children under 5 years old, and rheumatic fever usually strikes young adults. Kate Sheridan, Newsweek, "Strep Vaccine Could Save Lives and Reduce Health Care Costs—So Why Don't We Have One?," 26 Feb. 2018 In 1931, at the age of 64, David Sr. died of rheumatic fever, and in 1937, David Jr. was killed in an accident. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This Abandoned 1920s Castle Exists Right Here in the U.S.—and It's for Sale," 8 Aug. 2017 If untreated, strep throat can cause complications, such as kidney inflammation or rheumatic fever. Philly.com, "Teens and their tonsils: When do they need to be out?," 1 Mar. 2018 During his freshman year in high school, Rademacher spent four months in the hospital with rheumatic fever. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland.com, "Medina's Pete Rademacher, Olympic gold medal winner: Local Legends," 14 Feb. 2018 But scientists are working on group A strep vaccines more generally because of the many complications these bacteria can cause, particularly rheumatic fever. National Geographic, "What Are Flesh-Eating Bacteria, and How Do You Fight Them?," 3 Oct. 2017 It had been rumored that Kennicott had rheumatic fever, which could lead to the scarring of heart tissues. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian, "Two Smithsonian Scientists Retrace the Mysterious Circumstances of an 1866 Death and Change History," 8 Mar. 2017

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1726, in the meaning defined above

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rheumatic fever

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rheumatic fever

medical : a serious disease especially of young people that causes fever, swelling and pain in the joints, and sometimes damage to the heart

rheumatic fever

noun
rheu·​mat·​ic fever | \ru̇-ˈma-tik-\

Kids Definition of rheumatic fever

: a serious disease especially of children that causes fever, pain and swelling of joints, and sometimes heart damage

rheumatic fever

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Medical Definition of rheumatic fever 

: an acute often recurrent disease that occurs chiefly in children and young adults following Group A streptococcal infection of the upper respiratory tract (as in strep throat) and is characterized by fever, inflammation, pain, and swelling in and around the joints, inflammatory involvement of the pericardium and valves of the heart, and often the formation of small nodules chiefly in the subcutaneous tissues and the heart

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