[fee-bruh l, feb-ruh l or, esp. British, fee-brahyl]
- pertaining to or marked by fever; feverish.
Origin of febrile
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The pulse was febrile; sleep good, but attended with dreams.
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- of or relating to fever; feverish
C17: from medical Latin febrīlis, from Latin febris fever
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Word Origin and History for febrile
1650s, from Medieval Latin febrilis "pertaining to fever," from Latin febris "a fever" (see fever).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, relating to, or characterized by fever; feverish.
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