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[fee-bruh l, feb-ruh l or, esp. British, fee-brahyl] /ˈfi brəl, ˈfɛb rəl or, esp. British, ˈfi braɪl/
pertaining to or marked by fever; feverish.
Origin of febrile
1645-55; < New Latin, Medieval Latin febrīlis. See fever, -ile
Related forms
[fi-bril-i-tee] /fɪˈbrɪl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nonfebrile, adjective
postfebrile, adjective
unfebrile, adjective Unabridged
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  • Of course the barriers they already had in place resulted in two children dying in waiting rooms of febrile seizures.
  • And the national political climate was becoming more febrile and polarized.
  • During two of my kids' febrile seizures, they stopped breathing for awhile.
  • For such a humdrum country, the debate is surprisingly febrile.
  • In this febrile mix, the tales about the source of some rumours sound almost as fanciful as the rumours themselves.
British Dictionary definitions for febrile


of or relating to fever; feverish
Derived Forms
febrility (fɪˈbrɪlɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from medical Latin febrīlis, from Latin febris fever
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Word Origin and History for febrile

1650s, from Medieval Latin febrilis "pertaining to fever," from Latin febris "a fever" (see fever).

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febrile in Medicine

febrile feb·rile (fěb'rəl, fē'brəl)
Of, relating to, or characterized by fever; feverish.

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