Definition of scarlatina in US English:


(also scarletina)


  • another term for scarlet fever
    • ‘Occurrence of tonsillopharyngitis, scarlatina and rheumatic fever was analyzed and GAS carrier status in healthy children was examined over a 9-yr period from 1991 to 1999.’
    • ‘Such illnesses as flu, measles, scarlatina and type A hepatitis are most likely to strike during the period.’
    • ‘She was planning to get a complete blood count, and her supervisor instructed her to add a strep test even though the rash was not typical for scarlatina.’
    • ‘They were liable to pneumonia, respiratory, and tubercular diseases but were comparatively exempt from malaria, diphtheria, and scarlatina.’


Early 19th century: modern Latin, from Italian scarlattina (feminine), based on scarlatto ‘scarlet’.