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quintan

[kwin-tn]
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adjective
  1. (of a fever, ague, etc.) characterized by paroxysms that recur every fifth day.
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noun
  1. a quintan fever or ague.
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Origin of quintan

1740–50; < Latin quīntāna (febris) quintan (fever); see quintain
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Related Words for quintan

quinary, quinquennial, quintan

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Historical Examples of quintan

  • Canoe is a West Indian word, the Powhatan word is quintan, or aquintan.

    History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia

    Charles Campbell


British Dictionary definitions for quintan

quintan

adjective
  1. (of a fever) occurring every fourth day
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Word Origin for quintan

C17: from Latin febris quintāna fever occurring every fifth day, reckoned inclusively
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quintan in Medicine

quintan

(kwĭntən)
adj.
  1. Recurring every fifth day. Used of a fever.
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