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tertian

[tur-shuh n]
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adjective
  1. Pathology. (of a malarial fever, etc.) characterized by paroxysms that recur every other day.
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noun
  1. Pathology. a tertian fever.
  2. 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
Related formssub·ter·tian, adjective
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tertian

adjective
  1. (of a fever or the symptoms of a disease, esp malaria) occurring every other day
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noun
  1. a tertian fever or symptoms
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Word Origin

C14: from Latin febris tertiāna fever occurring every third day, reckoned inclusively, from tertius third
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tertian in Medicine

tertian

(tûrshən)
adj.
  1. Recurring every other day or, when considered inclusively, every third day. Used of a fever.
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n.
  1. A tertian fever.
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