Definition of tertian in English:


Syllabification: ter·tian
Pronunciation: /ˈtərSHən


[attributive] Medicine
Denoting a form of malaria causing a fever that recurs every second day: tertian fever
More example sentences
  • After much thought, the only thing I could see that was left to do was to give the historical treatment of inducing bouts of fever by infecting the patient with benign tertian malaria.
  • Benign tertian malaria may not be seen until several years after arrival.
  • Two tertian malarial species, Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium ovale, may appear to be similar morphologically.


late Middle English (fever) terciane, from Latin (febris) tertiana, from tertius 'third' (the fever recurring every third day by inclusive reckoning).

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