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tertian

[ tur-shuhn ]
/ ˈtɜr ʃən /
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adjective

Pathology. (of a malarial fever, etc.) characterized by paroxysms that recur every other day.

noun

Pathology. a tertian fever.
a Jesuit during the period of tertianship.

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Origin of tertian

1325–75; Middle English terciane<Latin (febris) tertiāna tertian (fever), equivalent to terti(us) third + -āna, feminine of -ānus-an

OTHER WORDS FROM tertian

sub·ter·tian, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tertian

tertian
/ (ˈtɜːʃən) /

adjective

(of a fever or the symptoms of a disease, esp malaria) occurring every other day

noun

a tertian fever or symptoms

Word Origin for tertian

C14: from Latin febris tertiāna fever occurring every third day, reckoned inclusively, from tertius third
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Medical definitions for tertian

tertian
[ tûrshən ]

adj.

Recurring every other day or, when considered inclusively, every third day. Used of a fever.

n.

A tertian fever.
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