from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various often fatal infectious diseases, such as typhus and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, characterized by skin eruptions and caused by rickettsia that are transmitted by ticks and mites.
  • n. An epidemic form of cerebrospinal meningitis.

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  • n. any of various diseases causing fever and spots on the skin

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a name applied to various eruptive fevers, esp. to typhus fever and cerebro-spinal meningitis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several severe febrile diseases characterized by skin rashes or spots on the skin


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