Definition of rat-bite fever in English:

rat-bite fever

Pronunciation /rat bīt ˈfēvər/ /ræt baɪt ˈfivər/


  • A disease contracted from the bite of a rat which causes inflammation of the skin and fever or vomiting.

    This disease can be caused by either of two bacteria, Spirillum minus or Streptobacillus moniliformis

    ‘In January the CDC reported two fatal cases of rat-bite fever and linked the disease Tularemia in hamsters to humans for the first time.’
    • ‘In the United States, two people have died of rat-bite fever, which is believed to have come from pet animals.’