definition of pyrexic by The Free Dictionary

py·rex·i·a

 (pī-rĕk′sē-ə)


[New Latin, from Greek purexis, from puressein, to have a fever, from puretos, fever; see pyretic.]


py·rex′i·al, py·rex′ic adj.

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pyrexia

(paɪˈrɛksɪə)

n

(Pathology) a technical name for fever

[C18: from New Latin, from Greek purexis, from puressein to be feverish, from pur fire]

pyˈrexial, pyˈrexic adj

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fe•ver

(ˈfi vər)

n.

1. an abnormally high body temperature.

2. any of various diseases in which high temperature is a prominent symptom, as scarlet fever or rheumatic fever.

3. intense nervous excitement: in a fever of anticipation.

v.t.

4. to affect with or as if with fever.

v.i.

5. to become feverish; have or get a fever.

[before 1000; Middle English; Old English fefer < Latin febris fever]

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