- (of a fever, ague, etc.) characterized by paroxysms that recur every fifth day.
- a quintan fever or ague.
Origin of quintan
1740–50; < Latin quīntāna (febris) quintan (fever); see quintain
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Canoe is a West Indian word, the Powhatan word is quintan, or aquintan.History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia
- (of a fever) occurring every fourth day
Word Origin for quintan
C17: from Latin febris quintāna fever occurring every fifth day, reckoned inclusively
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- Recurring every fifth day. Used of a fever.
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