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fastigium

[fa-stij-ee-uh m]
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noun, plural fas·tig·i·ums, fas·tig·i·a [fa-stij-ee-uh] /fæˈstɪdʒ i ə/. Medicine/Medical.
  1. the highest point of a fever or disease; the period of greatest development of an infection.
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Origin of fastigium

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1670–80
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Historical Examples

  • Fastigium: Orthoptera; the extreme point or front of vertex.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith


fastigium in Medicine

fastigium

(fă-stĭjē-əm)
n.
  1. The summit of the roof of the fourth ventricle of the brain.
  2. The acme or period of full development of a disease.
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