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sextan

[sek-stuh n]
adjective
  1. (of a fever) characterized by paroxysms that recurevery sixth day.
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noun
  1. a sextan fever.
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Origin of sextan

1650–60; < New Latin sextān(a) (febris) sixth day (fever), equivalent to Latin sext(us) sixth + āna -an
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British Dictionary definitions for sextan

sextan

adjective
  1. (of a fever) marked by paroxysms that recur after an interval of five days
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Word Origin for sextan

C17: from Medieval Latin sextana (febris) (fever) of the sixth (day)
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