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[pahy-ret-ik] /paɪˈrɛt ɪk/
of, pertaining to, affected by, or producing fever.
Origin of pyretic
1685-95; < New Latin pyreticus, equivalent to Greek pyret(ós) fever + Latin -icus -ic
Related forms
postpyretic, adjective Unabridged
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  • No, you are not to believe they remained, retaining all their senses, to witness this pyretic debauch of high society.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
British Dictionary definitions for pyretic


(pathol) of, relating to, or characterized by fever Compare antipyretic
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin pyreticus, from Greek puretos fever, from pur fire
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Word Origin and History for pyretic

1809, from French pyrétique or directly from Modern Latin pyreticus, from Greek pyretos "fever, burning heat," related to pyr "fire" (see fire (n.)). As a noun, "a pyretic agent," from 1728.

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pyretic in Medicine

pyretic py·ret·ic (pī-rět'ĭk)
Relating to, producing, or affected by fever.

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