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Meaning of ratbite fever

rat'bite fe"ver

Pronunciation: (rat'bīt"), [key]
— Pathol. Pathol.
  1. either of two relapsing febrile diseases, widely distributed geographically, caused by infection with Streptobacillus moniliformis or Spirillum minor and transmitted by rats.
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