Definition of purpuric fever in English:

purpuric fever

noun

Medicine
  • 1Meningococcal meningitis (now historical).

  • 2(In full "Brazilian purpuric fever") a fulminant septicaemia of children occurring as a complication of conjunctivitis caused by certain clones of Hemophilus influenzaebiogroup aegyptius.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Lancet.