Or scarlatina; Acute infectious disease, especially of children, caused by the bacteria in the Streptococcus pyogenes group. It is marked by fever, vomiting, sore throat and a bright red rash spreading from the upper to the lower part of the body. The rash is followed by the skin peeling in flakes. It is treated with antibiotics.
An acute communicable disease (usually in children) characterized by fever and a red rash; SYN. scarlatina.