cat-scratch diseasecat scratch disease
an ailment characterized by fever and swollen glands and believed to be caused by bacteria transmitted by the scratch or bite of a cat
also cat-scratch fever
cat scratch disease
An infectious disease of humans that is caused by a bacterium (Bartonella henselae) transmitted by the scratch or bite of a cat and is characterized by a papular lesion, fever, and swollen lymph glands. Also called cat scratch fever .