Definition of quartan in English:

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quartan

Pronunciation: /ˈkwɔːt(ə)n/

adjective

Medicine
Denoting a mild form of malaria causing a fever that recurs every third day.
Example sentences
  • As the criminal had a quartan fever, Fallopius wished to investigate the effects of opium on the paroxysms.
  • He suffered for about eighteen months from the quartan fever which is a fever which recurs at approximately 72-hour intervals.
  • I had a quartan ague which held me foure or five months, and had altogether disvisaged and altered my countenance, yet my mind held ever out, not onely peaceably but pleasantly…

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin (febris) quartana, based on Latin quartus 'fourth' (because, by inclusive reckoning, the fever recurs every fourth day).

Words that rhyme with quartan

boughten, chorten, foreshorten, Laughton, Morton, Naughton, Orton, quartern, shorten, tauten, torten, Wharton
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