Definition of defervescence in English:

defervescence

Line breaks: de|fer¦ves¦cence
Pronunciation: /ˌdɪfəˈvɛs(ə)ns
 
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noun

[mass noun] Medicine
  • The abatement of a fever as indicated by a decrease in bodily temperature.
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    • The recurrence of fever after an initial defervescence suggests a septic or nonseptic embolic event, a drug hypersensitivity reaction or the emergence of a resistant strain.
    • At the end of this phase defervescence occurs and the patient is usually afebrile for a day or two before the immune phase begins.
    • During this time the vast majority of patients show clinical improvement, including defervescence, reduced cough, and weight gain.

Derivatives

defervesce

verb
More example sentences
  • The patients who took longer than 48 hours to defervesce were clinically similar to those whose fevers responded faster to therapy.
  • The patient defervesced and continued to receive red cell and platelet support.
  • Several days after the onset, the patient will defervesce, with gradual neurological improvement over several days.

Origin

early 18th century: from Latin defervescent- 'ceasing to boil', from the verb defervescere.

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