Definition of Rheumatic fever

1. Noun. A severe disease chiefly of children and characterized by painful inflammation of the joints and frequently damage to the heart valves.

Generic synonyms: Infectious Disease
Terms within: Rheumatic Aortitis

Definition of Rheumatic fever

1. Noun. an inflammation of the joints and the heart following a respiratory infection with streptococcus ¹

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Medical Definition of Rheumatic fever

1. Disease involving inflammation of joints and damage to heart valves that follows streptococcal infection and is believed to be autoimmune, i.e. Antibodies to streptococcal components cross react with host tissue antigens. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Rheumatic Fever

rheumatic aortitis
rheumatic arteritis
rheumatic chorea
rheumatic disease
rheumatic diseases
rheumatic endocarditis
rheumatic fever (current term)
rheumatic heart disease
rheumatic nodule
rheumatic pericarditis
rheumatic pneumonia
rheumatic tetany
rheumatic torticollis
rheumatic valvulitis
rheumatism of the heart

Literary usage of Rheumatic fever

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1916)
"ACUTE heart block occurring in patients during the course of rheumatic fever has been reported by several writers, most recently by Christen Lundsgaard,1 of ..."

2. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1905)
"rheumatic fever accounts for close on half the cases of mitral stenosis, to which a definite cause can be assigned. Of 150 cases of pure mitral stenosis, ..."

3. The Medical Clinics of North America by Richard J. Havel, K. Patrick Ober (1917)
"HOMER F. SWIFT PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL rheumatic fever Etiology—An Entity as Definite as Any of the Infectious Diseases. Bacteriology—Organisms Found to be ..."

4. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler (1905)
"In 1903 in England and Wales 1812 deaths were due to rheumatic fever (Tatham). ... In Norway, where ca-ses of rheumatic fever are notified, there were for ..."

5. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler, Thomas McCrae (1916)
"In the Registrar General's report for England and Wales for 1909 there were 1970 deaths from the disease, but rheumatic fever has a long arm and n'o small ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Now if we assume that the occasion of an attack of rheumatic fever is chill—that is to ... Is rheumatic fever one of those cases whore disorder of the heat- ..."

7. The Retrospect of Medicine by William Braithwaite (1869)
"The authors are desirous of bringing under the notice of the profession a few more cases of rheumatic fever which have been treated by mint water, or, ..."

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