scarlet fever

noun

Definition of scarlet fever

:an acute contagious febrile disease caused by hemolytic Group A streptococci and characterized by inflammation of the nose, throat, and mouth, generalized toxemia, and a red rash

First Known Use of scarlet fever

circa 1651


SCARLET FEVER Defined for English Language Learners

scarlet fever

noun

Definition of scarlet fever for English Language Learners

  • : a very serious disease that causes a fever, sore throat, and a red rash


SCARLET FEVER Defined for Kids

scarlet fever

noun

Definition of scarlet fever for Students

:a serious illness in which there is a sore throat, high fever, and red rash

Medical Dictionary

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noun scar·let fever \ ˈskär-lət- \

medical Definition of scarlet fever

:an acute contagious febrile disease caused by Group A bacteria of the genus Streptococcus (especially various strains of S. pyogenes) and characterized by inflammation of the nose, throat, and mouth, generalized toxemia, and a red rash called also scarlatina


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