[ sek-stuhn ]
/ ˈsɛk stən /
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(of a fever) characterized by paroxysms that recurevery sixth day.
a sextan fever.
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First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
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British Dictionary definitions for sextan
/ (ˈsɛkstən) /
(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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