scarlet feverscarlet fever
an acute contagious disease, esp. of children, caused by hemolytic streptococci and characterized by sore throat, fever, and a scarlet rash
An acute contagious disease caused by streptococcal bacteria, occurring predominantly among children and characterized by fever, sore throat, a rough, scarlet-red or dark rash, and often a whitish coating with red spots on the tongue. Also called scarlatina .
(plural scarlet fevers)
- (pathology) A streptococcal infection, mainly occurring among children, and characterized by a red skin rash, sore throat and fever.