from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several infectious diseases characterized by chills and fever and caused by spirochetes transmitted by lice and ticks. Also called recurrent fever.
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- n. an infection caused by certain bacteria of the genus Borrelia, transmitted by lice and ticks
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. an acute, epidemic, contagious fever, which prevails also endemically in Ireland, Russia, and some other regions. It is marked by one or two remissions of the fever, by articular and muscular pains, and by the presence, during the paroxism of spiral bacterium (Spirochæte) in the blood. It is not usually fatal. Called also famine fever, and recurring fever.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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
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