Definitions for rheumatic fever
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an acute complication of certain streptococcal infections, usu. affecting children, characterized by fever, arthritis, chorea, and heart disturbances.
Origin of rheumatic fever:
a severe disease chiefly of children and characterized by painful inflammation of the joints and frequently damage to the heart valves
an inflammation of the joints and the heart following a respiratory infection with streptococcus
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A febrile disease occurring as a delayed sequela of infections with STREPTOCOCCUS PYOGENES. It is characterized by multiple focal inflammatory lesions of the connective tissue structures, such as the heart, blood vessels, and joints (POLYARTHRITIS) and brain, and by the presence of ASCHOFF BODIES in the myocardium and skin.
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