Definition of pyrexia in English:

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pyrexia

Pronunciation: /pīˈreksēə/

noun

Medicine
Raised body temperature; fever.
Example sentences
  • Along with the constant infestation of lice came the high risk of pyrexia, or trench fever.
  • Rarely, patients may have influenza-like symptoms, transient pyrexia, or allergic reactions.
  • In Perth, maternal pyrexia and preceding viral illness were both importantly associated with encephalopathy.

Derivatives

pyrexial

adjective
Example sentences
  • He remained pyrexial, his C reactive protein concentration and hepatic transaminases continued to rise, and he became increasingly unwell.
  • She's also gone lame which is one of the symptoms (pyrexial and limping syndrome).
  • She was pyrexial and vomiting (two siblings had similar but less marked symptoms).

pyrexic

Pronunciation: /pīˈreksik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Of the 152 serum samples from individuals with pyrexic illness, 23 were positive for anti-hantavirus IgM by EIA.
  • On admission to the neurology department she was pyrexic at 38.9°C, incoherent and not oriented in time or space.

Origin

Mid 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek purexis, from puressein 'be feverish', from pur 'fire'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: py·rex·i·a

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