American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Med.) a name applied to various eruptive fevers, esp. to typhus fever and cerebro-spinal meningitis.
- n. any of several severe febrile diseases characterized by skin rashes or spots on the skin
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