scarlet fever

noun

Definition of scarlet fever

  1. :  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

1676

First Known Use of scarlet fever

1676


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

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


Medical Dictionary

scarlet fever

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noun scar·let fever \ˈskär-lət-\

Medical Definition of scarlet fever

  1. :  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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