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From Biology-Online Dictionary
Marked by a relapse; falling back; tending to return to a former worse state.
(Science: medicine) Relapsing fever, 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.
Synonym: famine fever, and recurring fever.