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

Examples of scarlet fever in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of her older brothers died of complications of scarlet fever. New York Times, "Joan Marks, Doyenne of Genetic Counselors, Dies at 91," 2 Oct. 2020 The therapy was previously used to treat infectious diseases like scarlet fever and pneumococcal pneumonia, but its popularity waned with the development of antimicrobial medications. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "What coronavirus treatments could President Trump, Melania Trump seek after testing positive?," 2 Oct. 2020 Gerri remembers as a child seeing quarantine signs posted on the front doors of Worcester homes with people suffering from scarlet fever inside. Bill Doyle, USA TODAY, "102-year-old New Hampshire woman survives both COVID-19 and the 1918 Spanish flu," 20 Sep. 2020 Gladstone’s Conklin thinks of his late father, who had scarlet fever and strep throat in the 1930s, before the advent of antibiotics. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "‘Carnage’ in a lab dish shows how the coronavirus may damage the heart," 4 Sep. 2020 In the early stages of the 1918 pandemic, health officials who had been making inroads against earlier scourges — malaria, dysentery, scarlet fever, whooping cough — openly expressed confidence about conquering the new flu. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "People balked at masks in 1918, too. Then the arrests started," 15 Aug. 2020 Cases of measles fell 97% in the year through July compared with the year-earlier period, while both whooping cough and scarlet fever declined 62%. Fortune, "A new COVID outbreak threatens South Korea’s exemplary pandemic response," 14 Aug. 2020 Blind and deaf from scarlet fever at the age of nearly 2, Helen was completely shut in upon herself. Liane Kupferberg Carter, Longreads, "Sight and Insight," 10 Aug. 2020 Blind and deaf from scarlet fever at the age of nearly 2, Helen was completely shut in upon herself. Liane Kupferberg Carter, Longreads, "Sight and Insight," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of scarlet fever

circa 1651, in the meaning defined above

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“Scarlet fever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scarlet%20fever. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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scarlet fever

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scarlet fever

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

scarlet fever

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Kids Definition of scarlet fever

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

scarlet fever

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scar·​let fever | \ ˈskär-lət- How to pronounce scarlet fever (audio) \

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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