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

  • n. See scarlet fever.

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  • n. scarlet fever

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Scarlet fever.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as scarlet fever (which see, under fever).

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

  • n. an acute communicable disease (usually in children) characterized by fever and a red rash


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

New Latin (febris) scarlatina, scarlet (fever), from Italian scarlattina, feminine of scarlattino, scarlet, diminutive of scarlatto, from Persian saqirlāt; see scarlet.


  • The bookshelves held not only his old textbooks but also the newer paediatric encyclopaedias to which he had contributed articles on scarlatina — the subject of a postgraduate fellowship, as Klara had reminded him.

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  • He'd been forced to supplement his income with lectures when he could (some, in New York, recalled his scholarship on scarlatina).

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  • Of course, Klara knew about the death of his younger brother, then aged six, from scarlatina.

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  • This is hardly surprising in an age when resistance to infectious disease was weak and a whole host of endemic maladies — infantile diarrhea, dysentery, scarlatina, measles — very often proved fatal, above all to infants and young children.

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  • Coming as it did from cowsheds in London and from the surrounding countryside; it “proved," in the eyes of Charles Dickens Jr, "often the source of, or rather, perhaps, the means of spreading, serious epidemics of typhoid, diphtheria, and scarlatina.”

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  • That these were actually cases of scarlatina was rendered certain by two servants in the family falling ill at the same time with the distemper, who had been exposed to the infection with the young ladies.

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  • There was no apparent deviation in the ordinary progress of the pustule to a state of maturity from what we see in general; yet there was a total suspension of the areola or florid discolouration around it, until the scarlatina had retired from the constitution.

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  • She was exposed to the contagion of the scarlatina at the same time, and sickened almost at the same hour.

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  • But the most remarkable part of this history is that, on the fourth day afterwards, so soon as the efflorescence began to die away upon the arm and the pustule to dry up, the scarlatina again appeared, her throat became sore, the rash spread all over her.

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