rheumatic fever


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 Bedridden for a year with rheumatic fever during the second grade, Keith Wilcock spent hours upon hours drawing scenes of planes crashing. Madison Karas, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021 An untreated infection may lead first to a condition called acute rheumatic fever, which typically presents with fever and arthritis weeks after the initial infection. Quanta Magazine, 1 July 2021 Jeanie has a weak heart from a childhood bout with rheumatic fever and has never worked outside of the sprawling family garden, and Julius, obliged to care for her, is a day laborer. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 14 May 2021 An example is rheumatic fever, which can be triggered by Streptococcus bacteria in the form of strep throat or scarlet fever. Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2021 Hovde is a native Wisconsinite who attended Baylor after a sibling died from rheumatic fever. Dallas News, 2 Apr. 2021 The bacteria that cause strep throat can lead to rheumatic fever, an inflammatory disease that can cause permanent heart damage. Liz Szabo, USA TODAY, 3 Mar. 2021 Multiple sclerosis is often associated with the commonplace Epstein-Barr virus, rheumatic fever with the same bacteria that cause strep throat, and Lyme, famously, with bites from ticks that carry a spirochete called Borrelia burgdorferi. Ross Douthat, Star Tribune, 2 Feb. 2021 Two years later, though, Williams found herself in hospital, fighting rheumatic fever. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of rheumatic fever

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 2 Aug. 2021.

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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

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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

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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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