[ 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

post·py·ret·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pyretic

  • 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


/ (paɪˈrɛtɪk) /


pathol of, relating to, or characterized by feverCompare antipyretic

Word Origin for pyretic

C18: from New Latin pyreticus, from Greek puretos fever, from pur fire
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Medicine definitions for pyretic


[ pī-rĕtĭk ]


Relating to, producing, or affected by fever.
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