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

  • n. An acute contagious disease caused by a hemolytic streptococcus, occurring predominantly among children and characterized by a scarlet skin eruption and high fever. Also called scarlatina.

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  • n. A streptococcal infection, mainly occurring among children, and characterized by a red skin rash, sore throat and fever.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a contagious febrile disease characterized by inflammation of the fauces and a scarlet rash, appearing usually on the second day, and ending in desquamation about the sixth or seventh day.

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


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  • Scarlet fever is a disease caused by an exotoxin released by Streptococcus pyogenes Group A and occurs rarely with impetigo or other streptococcal infections. It is characterized by sore throat, fever, a 'strawberry' tongue, and a fine sandpaper rash over the upper body that may spread to cover almost the entire body. This disease was also once known as Scarlatina (from the Italian scarlattina).

    January 29, 2008