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[skahr-luh-tee-nuh] /ˌskɑr ləˈti nə/
noun, Pathology
a mild form of scarlet fever.
1795-1805; < New Latin (febris) scarlatina scarlet fever, derivative of Medieval Latin scarlata scarlet (cloth); see scarlet, -ine1
Related forms
scarlatinal, scarlatinous
[skahr-luh-tee-nuh s, skahr-lat-n-uh s] /ˌskɑr ləˈti nəs, skɑrˈlæt n əs/ (Show IPA),
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  • Three had generalized rash, which in one patient clinically resembled scarlatina.
British Dictionary definitions for scarlatina


the technical name for scarlet fever
Derived Forms
scarlatinal, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Italian scarlattina, diminutive of scarlattoscarlet
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Word Origin and History for scarlatina

1803, from Modern Latin scarlatina (Sydenham, 1676), from Italian scarlattina (Lancelotti, 1527), fem. of scarlattino (adj.), diminutive of scarlatto "scarlet" (see scarlet). It is a synonym for scarlet fever, not a milder form of it. Related: Scarlattinal.

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scarlatina in Medicine

scarlatina scar·la·ti·na (skär'lə-tē'nə)
See scarlet fever.

scar'la·ti'nal adj.
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