Dictionary.com

quartan

[ kwawr-tn ]
/ ˈkwɔr tn /
Save This Word!

adjective
(of a fever, ague, etc.) characterized by paroxysms that recur every fourth day, both days of consecutive occurrence being counted.
noun
a quartan fever or ague.
quartan malaria.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of quartan

1250–1300; Middle English quartaine<Old French <Latin (febris) quartāna quartan (fever), feminine of quartānus, equivalent to quart(us) fourth + -ānus-an
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use quartan in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for quartan

quartan
/ (ˈkwɔːtən) /

adjective
(esp of a malarial fever) occurring every third day

Word Origin for quartan

C13: from Latin febris quartāna fever occurring every fourth day, reckoned inclusively
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK