herxheimer's reaction

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Herxheimer's reaction Herx·hei·mer's reaction (hûrks'hī'mərz, hěrks'-)
n.
An inflammatory reaction in syphilitic tissues induced in certain cases by specific treatment with salvarsan, mercury, or antibiotics. Also called Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction.

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