|1.||an abnormally high body temperature, accompanied by a fast pulse rate, dry skin, etcRelated: febrile, pyretic|
|2.||any of various diseases, such as yellow fever or scarlet fever, characterized by a high temperature|
|3.||intense nervous excitement or agitation: she was in a fever about her party|
|4.||(tr) to affect with or as if with fever|
|Related: febrile, pyretic|
|[Old English fēfor, from Latin febris]|
fever fe·ver (fē'vər)
Body temperature above the normal of 98.6°F (37°C). Also called pyrexia.
Any of various diseases in which there is an elevation of the body temperature above normal.
|fever (fē'vər) Pronunciation Key
A body temperature that is higher than normal. Fever is the body's natural response to the release of substances called pyrogens by infectious agents such as bacteria and viruses. The pyrogens stimulate the hypothalamus in the brain to conserve heat and increase the basal metabolic rate.
(Deut. 28:22; Matt. 8:14; Mark 1:30; John 4:52; Acts 28:8), a burning heat, as the word so rendered denotes, which attends all febrile attacks. In all Eastern countries such diseases are very common. Peter's wife's mother is said to have suffered from a "great fever" (Luke 4:38), an instance of Luke's professional exactitude in describing disease. He adopts here the technical medical distinction, as in those times fevers were divided into the "great" and the "less."