rheumatic fever

noun

Definition of rheumatic fever

: an acute disease that occurs chiefly in children and adolescents following inadequately treated Group A streptococcal infection of the upper respiratory tract (such as in strep throat) 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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Recent Examples on the Web Louise was diagnosed with rheumatic fever, spiked a 104-degree fever, lost her hair, and had to be held out of school for six months. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Just like the coronavirus, officials first dismissed Spanish flu. Then it killed 50 million," 18 Mar. 2020 Many infections don’t progress further than an annoying rash or sore throat, but under more dire circumstances, the bacteria can threaten lives with conditions like rheumatic fever, toxic shock syndrome or flesh-eating disease. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Harmful Bacteria Masquerade as Red Blood Cells to Evade the Immune System," 3 Dec. 2019 After moving to Conway, Edith contracted rheumatic fever, which prevented her from attending school for a year and gave her a lifelong heart murmur. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Edith Irby Jones, 91, pioneering black doctor in the South," 2 Aug. 2019 After moving to Conway, Edith contracted rheumatic fever, which prevented her from attending school for a year and gave her a lifelong heart murmur. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Edith Irby Jones, 91, pioneering black doctor in the South," 2 Aug. 2019 After moving to Conway, Edith contracted rheumatic fever, which prevented her from attending school for a year and gave her a lifelong heart murmur. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Edith Irby Jones, Barrier-Breaking Doctor in the South, Dies at 91," 23 July 2019 The mitral valve in Maria Eliset Centeno Hernandez's heart had been damaged from a bout with rheumatic fever at age 9. oregonlive, "The tragic, redemptive journey of one human heart," 5 Oct. 2019 But by his senior year, his mother, Dorothy Sanders, had become sick, her heart damaged from having rheumatic fever as a child. Sydney Ember, New York Times, "Bernie Sanders Went to Canada, and a Dream of ‘Medicare for All’ Flourished," 9 Sep. 2019 Her sister died shortly thereafter, her brother nearly died of typhoid fever as well, and Dr. Jones came down with a debilitating case of rheumatic fever. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Edith Irby Jones, trailblazer for African American doctors, dies at 91," 18 July 2019

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1726, in the meaning defined above

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“Rheumatic fever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rheumatic%20fever. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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 adolescents 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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