Definition of scarlet fever in US English:

scarlet fever


  • An infectious bacterial disease affecting especially children, and causing fever and a scarlet rash. It is caused by streptococci.

    • ‘After childhood bouts with scarlet fever and pneumonia, she decided to become a nurse.’
    • ‘If the bacteria spreads to a wound it can cause more serious illnesses including scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, pneumonia, and occasionally it can be life threatening.’
    • ‘Passengers were inspected for contagious diseases such as small pox, yellow fever, scarlet fever, and measles.’
    • ‘In 1936 an outbreak of scarlet fever and diphtheria led to many Croydon residents being hospitalised for lengthy periods.’
    • ‘Group A streptococci also produce toxins that can cause circulatory collapse in streptococcal toxic shock syndrome or fever and a rash in scarlet fever.’


scarlet fever

/ˈˌskɑrlət ˈfivər//ˈˌskärlət ˈfēvər/