American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An acute contagious disease caused by a hemolytic streptococcus, occurring predominantly among children and characterized by a scarlet skin eruption and high fever. Also called scarlatina.
- n. pathology A streptococcal infection, mainly occurring among children, and characterized by a red skin rash, sore throat and fever.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Med.) a contagious febrile disease characterized by inflammation of the fauces and a scarlet rash, appearing usually on the second day, and ending in desquamation about the sixth or seventh day.
- n. an acute communicable disease (usually in children) characterized by fever and a red rash
“Whatever it might be, it was not gaol fever, the malignant quinsy, typhoid, scarlet fever or the smallpox; a whisper began that it was the Black Death—hadn’t that produced hideous buboes?”
“Yet, although we "nose" the murderers, in the musty unaired unsunned room, the scarlet fever which is behind the door, or the fever and hospital gangrene which are stalking among the crowded beds of a hospital ward, we say, "It's all right.”
“He went into the details of the treatment in his dry Scots way-something to do with scarlet fever anti-toxin, which I have forgotten now.”
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