relapsing fever


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n relapsing fever 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Relapsing fever (Med) 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.
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In literature:

As early as 1873, spirilla were demonstrated in relapsing fever.
"The Evolution of Modern Medicine" by William Osler
I sighed with relief and doubled my pace, dreading any relapse into the garrulous fever.
"Autobiography of a YOGI" by Paramhansa Yogananda
The fever had left him, and his attendants pronounced, with the usual cautions to prevent a relapse, his recovery certain.
"Precaution" by James Fenimore Cooper
Recently, there has been a relapse of the oratorical fever.
"Little Journeys To the Homes of the Great, Volume 3 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Typhus, relapsing fever, and typhoid had gripped the town.
"The Luck of Thirteen" by Jan Gordon
Love has its fevers, its recoveries, and its relapses.
"The House by the Church-Yard" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
To its credit are placed such maladies as relapsing fever.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
You see, the first symptoms are similar in Yellow Jack and relapsing bilious fever.
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson
His extreme distress of mind brought on a relapse of fever, from which he had but imperfectly recovered.
"Alonzo and Melissa" by Daniel Jackson, Jr.
Others had frequent Relapses into Fevers, which seemed to be owing to the Irritation of these Insects.
"An Account of the Diseases which were most frequent in the British military hospitals in Germany" by Donald Monro
The shock which Henry had met with occasioned a relapse of the fever from which he had but recently recovered.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
African relapsing fever of man.
"Handbook of Medical Entomology" by William Albert Riley
It is a sound body which has had a fever of eighty years with relapses, and which has been in the hands of quacks, but which will survive.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 8 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Lice give them typhus, bugs convey relapsing fever, and fleas the plague.
"A Prisoner in Turkey" by John Still
Of course it was more a relapse from the fever that was wrong with me than toothache, but I did not know it.
"Missing Friends" by Thorvald Weitemeyer
Lucy, also, had had a relapse of the fever.
"The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant" by Alexander Johnstone Wilson
She knew not what to do with them, relapsed into fever, and died.
"Life Without and Life Within" by Margaret Fuller
Simple continued fever is not likely to be mistaken for relapsing fever, except during epidemics of the latter disease.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
It has been proven by experiment that they may spread typhoid and relapsing fevers.
"A Civic Biology" by George William Hunter
In 1837-39 came in quick succession two crises, not quite distinct from each other, the second similar to the relapse of a fever patient.
"The Principles of Economics" by Frank A. Fetter