ratbite-fever

ratbite fever

[rat-bahyt]
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:
1905–10; rat + bite

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ratbite fever or ratbite disease (ˈrætˌbaɪt)
 
n
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)
 
ratbite disease or ratbite disease
 
n

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