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  1. a quintan fever or ague.

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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British Dictionary definitions for quintan


  1. (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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quintan in Medicine


  1. Recurring every fifth day. Used of a fever.
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