tertian

[ tur-shuh n ]
/ ˈtɜr ʃən /

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.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. terry,
  2. terry's syndrome,
  3. tersanctus,
  4. terse,
  5. tertial,
  6. tertian malaria,
  7. tertianship,
  8. tertiary,
  9. tertiary alcohol,
  10. tertiary bursary

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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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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Medicine 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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