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ratbite fever

[rat-bahyt] /ˈrætˌbaɪt/
noun, Pathology
1.
either of two relapsing febrile diseases, widely distributed geographically, caused by infection with Streptobacillus moniliformis or Spirillum minor and transmitted by rats.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; rat + bite
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ratbite fever

/ˈrætˌbaɪt/
noun
1.
(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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