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tertian

[tur-shuh n] /ˈtɜr ʃən/
adjective
1.
Pathology. (of a malarial fever, etc.) characterized by paroxysms that recur every other day.
noun
2.
Pathology. a tertian fever.
3.
a Jesuit during the period of tertianship.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English terciane < Latin (febris) tertiāna tertian (fever), equivalent to terti(us) third + -āna, feminine of -ānus -an
Related forms
subtertian, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tertian

tertian

/ˈtɜːʃən/
adjective
1.
(of a fever or the symptoms of a disease, esp malaria) occurring every other day
noun
2.
a tertian fever or symptoms
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 ter·tian (tûr'shən)
adj.
Recurring every other day or, when considered inclusively, every third day. Used of a fever. n.
A tertian fever.

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