sextan

[sek-stuh n]

adjective

(of a fever) characterized by paroxysms that recurevery sixth day.

noun

a sextan fever.

Nearby words

  1. sexpert,
  2. sexploitation,
  3. sexpot,
  4. sext,
  5. sextain,
  6. sextans,
  7. sextant,
  8. sextantis,
  9. sextern,
  10. sextet

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

(of a fever) marked by paroxysms that recur after an interval of five days

Word Origin for sextan

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

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