\ɹɪlˈapsɪŋ fˈiːvəz], \ɹɪlˈapsɪŋ fˈiːvəz], \ɹ_ɪ_l_ˈa_p_s_ɪ_ŋ f_ˈiː_v_ə_z]\
Definitions of RELAPSING FEVERS
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An acute infection characterized by recurrent episodes of pyrexia alternating with asymptomatic intervals of apparent recovery. This condition is caused by spirochetes of the genus BORRELIA. It is transmitted by the bites of either the body louse (PEDICULUS humanus corporis), for which humans are the reservoir, or by soft ticks of the genus ORNITHODOROS, for which rodents and other animals are the principal reservoirs.
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- type multiple endocrine neoplasia characterized by virtually 100% incidence medullary thyroid carcinoma, a 50% pheochromocytoma, and lesser adenomas associated hyperparathyroidism. condition always transmitted through autosomal dominant inheritance. Genetic testing can identify individuals with the trait in early infancy. Treatment is usually excision of enlarged parathyroid glands. (From Holland et al., Cancer Medicine, 3d ed, pp1172-75)