from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • noun An epidemic form of cerebrospinal meningitis.

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  • noun pathology any of various diseases causing fever and spots on the skin

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


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