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[ey-gyoo] /ˈeɪ gyu/
Pathology. a malarial fever characterized by regularly returning paroxysms, marked by successive cold, hot, and sweating fits.
a fit of fever or shivering or shaking chills, accompanied by malaise, pains in the bones and joints, etc.; chill.
Origin of ague
1250-1300; Middle English < Middle French, short for fievre ague acute fever < Latin febris acūta
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aguelike, adjective Unabridged
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a fever with successive stages of fever and chills esp when caused by malaria
a fit of shivering
Derived Forms
aguish, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French (fievre) ague acute fever; see acute
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Word Origin and History for agues



"malarial fever," c.1300, from Old French ague "an acute fever," from Medieval Latin (febris) acuta "sharp (fever)," fem. of acutus "sharp" (see acute).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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agues in Medicine

ague a·gue (ā'gyōō)

  1. A febrile condition, especially associated with malaria, characterized by alternating periods of chills, fever, and sweating.

  2. A chill or fit of shivering.

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agues in the Bible

the translation in Lev. 26:16 (R.V., "fever") of the Hebrew word kaddah'ath, meaning "kindling", i.e., an inflammatory or burning fever. In Deut. 28:22 the word is rendered "fever."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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