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 caused by Bartonella henselae that is transmitted by the scratch or bite of a cat and is marked by a papular lesion, fever, and swollen lymph glands. Also called cat scratch fever.