- Pathology. (of a malarial fever, etc.) characterized by paroxysms that recur every other day.
- Pathology. a tertian fever.
- a Jesuit during the period of tertianship.
Origin of tertian
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Examples from the Web for tertian
If this fever did not leave him, he must try blood-letting on himself, as though in a tertian.Dreamers of the Ghetto
I have a tertian fever, which seized me after the fete at Vaux.The Man in the Iron Mask
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
He was seized with a slow fever, which changed into a tertian ague.
This is the cycle, as described by Golgi, of the tertian and quartan parasite.
Sometimes the fever simulated a quotidian, sometimes a tertian.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)
- (of a fever or the symptoms of a disease, esp malaria) occurring every other day
- a tertian fever or symptoms
C14: from Latin febris tertiāna fever occurring every third day, reckoned inclusively, from tertius third
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- Recurring every other day or, when considered inclusively, every third day. Used of a fever.
- A tertian fever.
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