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pyretic

[ pahy-ret-ik ]
/ paɪˈrɛt ɪk /
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adjective
of, pertaining to, affected by, or producing fever.
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Origin of pyretic

1685–95; <New Latin pyreticus, equivalent to Greek pyret(ós) fever + Latin -icus-ic

OTHER WORDS FROM pyretic

post·py·ret·ic, adjective
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How to use pyretic in a sentence

  • 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

pyretic
/ (paɪˈrɛtɪk) /

adjective
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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Medical definitions for pyretic

pyretic
[ pī-rĕtĭk ]

adj.
Relating to, producing, or affected by fever.
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