- 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
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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
- pathol of, relating to, or characterized by feverCompare antipyretic
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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- Relating to, producing, or affected by fever.
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