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Meaning of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Rock'y Moun'tain spot'ted fe'ver

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— Pathol. Pathol.
  1. an infectious disease characterized by high fever, pains in joints, bones, and muscles, and a cutaneous eruption, caused by rickettsii and transmitted by ticks: first reported in the Rocky Mountain area, but now more widely distributed.
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