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ratbite fever

[rat-bahyt] /ˈrætˌbaɪt/
noun, Pathology.
either of two relapsing febrile diseases, widely distributed geographically, caused by infection with Streptobacillus moniliformis or Spirillum minor and transmitted by rats.
Origin of ratbite fever
1905-10; rat + bite Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for rat-bite fever

ratbite fever

(pathol) an acute infectious febrile disease caused by the bite of a rat infected with either of two pathogenic bacteria (Streptobacillus moniliformis or Spirillum minus)
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rat-bite fever in Medicine

rat-bite fever n.
Headache, fever, lymphangitis, and lymphadenitis following the bite of a rat or other rodent, due either to a spirillum or to Streptobacillus moniliformis.

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