1. [syn: relapsing fever, recurrent fever]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Relapsing \Re*laps"ing\, a.
Marked by a relapse; falling back; tending to return to a
former worse state.
Relapsing fever (Med.), an acute, epidemic, contagious
fever, which prevails also endemically in Ireland, Russia,
and some other regions. It is marked by one or two
remissions of the fever, by articular and muscular pains,
and by the presence, during the paroxism of spiral
bacterium (Spirochaete) in the blood. It is not usually
fatal. Called also famine fever, and recurring fever.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: marked by recurring high fever and transmitted by the bite
of infected lice or ticks; characterized by episodes of
high fever and chills and headache and muscle pain and
nausea that recur every week or ten days for several months
[syn: relapsing fever, recurrent fever]