Definition of rat-bite fever in US English:

rat-bite fever


  • A disease contracted from the bite of a rat which causes inflammation of the skin and fever or vomiting.

    This disease can be caused by either of two bacteria, Spirillum minus or Streptobacillus moniliformis

    • ‘In the United States, two people have died of rat-bite fever, which is believed to have come from pet animals.’
    • ‘In January the CDC reported two fatal cases of rat-bite fever and linked the disease Tularemia in hamsters to humans for the first time.’