[ kwin-tn ]
/ ˈkwɪn tn /


(of a fever, ague, etc.) characterized by paroxysms that recur every fifth day.


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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British Dictionary definitions for quintan

/ (ˈkwɪntən) /


(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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Medical definitions for quintan

[ kwĭntən ]


Recurring every fifth day. Used of a fever.
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