[ sek-stuh nz ]
/ ˈsɛk stənz /

noun, genitive Sex·tan·tis [sek-stan-tis] /sɛkˈstæn tɪs/ for 1.

Astronomy. the Sextant, an equatorial constellation between Hydra and Leo.
(lowercase) a bronze coin of ancient Rome, the sixth part of an as, issued during the period of the Republic.

Origin of Sextans

< Latin sextāns; see sextant

Definition for sextans (2 of 2)

[ sek-stuh n ]
/ ˈsɛk stən /


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


a sextan fever.

Origin of sextan

1650–60; < New Latin sextān(a) (febris) sixth day (fever), equivalent to Latin sext(us) sixth + āna -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sextans (1 of 2)

/ (ˈsɛkstənz) /

noun Latin genitive Sextantis (sɛksˈtæntɪs)

a faint constellation lying on the celestial equator close to Leo and Hydra

Word Origin for Sextans

New Latin: sextant

British Dictionary definitions for sextans (2 of 2)

/ (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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