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relapsing fever

noun, Pathology
1.
one of a group of fevers characterized by relapses, occurring in many tropical countries, and caused by several species of spirochetes transmitted by several species of lice and ticks.
Also called recurrent fever.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50
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British Dictionary definitions for relapsing fever

relapsing fever

noun
1.
any of various infectious diseases characterized by recurring fever, caused by the bite of body lice or ticks infected with spirochaetes of the genus Borrelia Also called recurrent fever
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relapsing fever in Medicine

relapsing fever n.
An acute infectious disease caused by a strain of Borrelia transmitted by lice or ticks and marked by recurring febrile attacks lasting about six days and separated from one other by apyretic intervals of about the same length. Also called recurrent fever.

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