relapsing fever
noun Date: 1849 a variable acute epidemic disease that is marked by recurring high fever usually lasting three to seven days and is caused by a spirochete (genus Borrelia) transmitted by the bites of lice and ticks

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  • relapsing fever — n any of several forms of an acute epidemic infectious disease marked by sudden recurring paroxysms of high fever lasting from five to seven days, articular and muscular pains, and a sudden crisis and caused by a spirochete of the genus Borrelia… …   Medical dictionary

  • Relapsing fever — Relapsing Re*laps ing, a. Marked by a relapse; falling back; tending to return to a former worse state. [1913 Webster] {Relapsing fever} (Med.), an acute, epidemic, contagious fever, which prevails also endemically in Ireland, Russia, and some… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • relapsing fever — n. any of various acute infectious diseases caused by certain spirochetes (genus Borrelia) transmitted by ticks or lice, and characterized by recurrent attacks of fever and chills …   English World dictionary

  • Relapsing fever — (engl., spr. rĭläppsing fihwer), Rückfalltyphus …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Relapsing fever — | MeshID = D012061 Relapsing fever is an infection caused by certain bacteria in the genus Borrelia .cite journal |author=Schwan T |title=Ticks and Borrelia: model systems for investigating pathogen arthropod interactions |journal=Infect Agents… …   Wikipedia

  • relapsing fever — Pathol. one of a group of fevers characterized by relapses, occurring in many tropical countries, and caused by several species of spirochetes transmitted by several species of lice and ticks. Also called recurrent fever. [1840 50] * * *… …   Universalium

  • relapsing fever — noun marked by recurring high fever and transmitted by the bite of infected lice or ticks; characterized by episodes of high fever and chills and headache and muscle pain and nausea that recur every week or ten days for several months • Syn:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • relapsing fever — an infectious disease caused by bacteria of the genus Borrelia, which is transmitted by ticks or lice and results in recurrent fever. The first episode of fever occurs about a week after infection: it is accompanied by severe headache and aching… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • relapsing fever — attacks of fever that recur and repeat …   English contemporary dictionary

  • relapsing fever — noun an infectious bacterial disease marked by recurrent fever …   English new terms dictionary

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