- feverish condition.
Origin of pyrexia
1760–70; < New Latin < Greek pýrex(is) feverishness + -ia -ia
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Examples from the Web for pyrexia
Increased secretion of saliva, general perspiration, or diuresis sometimes marks the cessation of the pyrexia.
Consequently their exhibition was wholly empirical, and the one that subdued the pyrexia most promptly was given the preference.Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why
Martha M. Allen
It was accompanied by pyrexia, gastro-enteritis, deep-seated pains in limbs and body, and burning and pricking of the skin.
During the next few days the animal will lose some weight and perhaps show a certain amount of pyrexia.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique
John William Henry Eyre
The first sign of their occurrence is an attack of pyrexia, shortly followed by a painful swelling at the affected spot.
- a technical name for fever
C18: from New Latin, from Greek purexis, from puressein to be feverish, from pur fire
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Word Origin and History for pyrexia
"fever," 1769, medical Latin, from Greek pyrexis "feverishness," from pyressein "to be feverish, to be ill of fever," from pyretos "fever, burning heat," related to pyr "fire" (see fire (n.)).
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