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brain fever

Origin of brain fever
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In 1872 he was promoted commander at what was an exceptionally early age, but he died on the 17th of December 1874 of brain fever.

  • As we walked he told how he had been suffering from brain fever.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • Toward the end of her recital her thoughts grew confused and wandered into the ravings of a brain fever.

    The Lost Lady of Lone E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • He has had brain fever since, and, as you say, I am more like what you were then than you yourself are now.

    Anna the Adventuress E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • At last Deborah Samson was seized with a brain fever in Philadelphia.

  • My father says he doesn't know but what brain fever will come on.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • It's a pity that a convenient attack of brain fever can't carry me off, but I'm as strong as a horse.

    Caesar's Wife William Somerset Maugham
  • Some of the early ones, and I had brain fever for months afterward.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • brain fever's a fell disease invented by novelists—I never met it in all my experience.

  • "It's brain fever, the doctor says, Judd," said Smiles at once.

    'Smiles' Eliot H. Robinson
British Dictionary definitions for brain fever

brain fever

inflammation of the brain or its covering membranes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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brain fever in Medicine

brain fever n.
Inflammation of the brain or meninges.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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