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

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Historical Examples of 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



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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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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Medicine definitions for pyretic




Relating to, producing, or affected by fever.
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