rickettsialpox

noun

rick·​ett·​si·​al·​pox ri-ˌket-sē-əl-ˈpäks How to pronounce rickettsialpox (audio)
: a disease characterized by fever, chills, headache, backache, and a spotty rash and caused by a bacterium of the genus Rickettsia (R. akari) transmitted to humans by the bite of a mite of the genus Allodermanyssus (A. sanguineus) living on rodents (as the house mouse)

Dictionary Entries Near rickettsialpox

Cite this Entry

“Rickettsialpox.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/rickettsialpox. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!