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  1. abating for a time or at intervals: remittent symptoms.
  2. of, relating to, or characterized by a remittent fever.
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  1. a remittent fever.
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Origin of remittent

1685–95; < Latin remittent- (stem of remittēns), present participle of remittere to send back. See remit, -ent
Related formsre·mit·tence, re·mit·ten·cy, nounre·mit·tent·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for remittent

Historical Examples of remittent

  • It is usually of the remittent type and may continue for some months.

    Insects and Diseases

    Rennie W. Doane

  • He had been suffering from remittent fever of a low typhoid type.


    J. Tyrwhitt Brooks

  • Rage and anger persistent and mischievous, or remittent and impotent.

  • I was again attacked by a remittent fever of an obstinate character.

    Jack in the Forecastle

    John Sherburne Sleeper

  • Yellow fever, intermittent and remittent fevers, and all sorts of other tropical maladies made it their favourite home.

British Dictionary definitions for remittent


  1. (of a fever or the symptoms of a disease) characterized by periods of diminished severity
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Derived Formsremittence or remittency, nounremittently, adverb
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remittent in Medicine


  1. Characterized by temporary abatement in severity. Used especially of diseases.
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Related formsre•mittence null n.
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