rat-bite fever

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Noun[edit]

rat-bite fever (uncountable)

  1. Any febrile human illness caused by bacteria transmitted by rodents.
    1. Spirillosis, or sodoku, transmitted by the gram-negative coiled rod Spirillum minus, found in Asia.
    2. Streptobacillosis, or Haverhill fever or epidemic arthritic erythema, a severe disease caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis

Synonyms[edit]

  • RBF (abbreviation)

Derived terms[edit]

  • RBF (abbreviation)