- (of a fever, ague, etc.) characterized by paroxysms that recur every fourth day, both days of consecutive occurrence being counted.
- a quartan fever or ague.
- quartan malaria.
Origin of quartan
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Examples from the Web for quartan
This is the cycle, as described by Golgi, of the tertian and quartan parasite.
Favorinus extolled Thersites, and wrote in praise of a quartan ague.In Praise of Folly
I had heard also that you had been plagued by a quartan ague.The Dealings of Captain Sharkey
A. Conan Doyle
Don Carlos had also fallen sick of the quartan fever, some time before the arrival of the queen in Spain.
In fixing this date he knew that Bayard was ill at the time with a quartan fever.Bayard: The Good Knight Without Fear And Without Reproach
- (esp of a malarial fever) occurring every third day
C13: from Latin febris quartāna fever occurring every fourth day, reckoned inclusively
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- Recurring every fourth day, counting inclusively, or every 72 hours. Used of a fever.
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