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ratbite fever(ˈrætˌbaɪt) or
(Pathology) pathol an acute infectious febrile disease caused by the bite of a rat infected with either of two pathogenic bacteria (Streptobacillus moniliformis or Spirillum minus)
either of two relapsing febrile diseases, widely distributed geographically, caused by infection with Streptobacillus moniliformis or Spirillum minor and transmitted by rats.
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|Noun||1.||ratbite fever - either of two infectious diseases transmitted to humans by the bite of a rat or mouse; characterized by fever and headache and nausea and skin eruptions|
infectious disease - a disease transmitted only by a specific kind of contact
Haverhill fever - the form of ratbite fever occurring in the United States