1. a remittent fever.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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


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