quartan

[kwawr-tn]
adjective
1.
(of a fever, ague, etc.) characterized by paroxysms that recur every fourth day, both days of consecutive occurrence being counted.
noun
2.
a quartan fever or ague.
3.
quartan malaria.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English quartaine < Old French < Latin (febris) quartāna quartan (fever), feminine of quartānus, equivalent to quart(us) fourth + -ānus -an

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quartan (ˈkwɔːtən)
 
adj
(esp of a malarial fever) occurring every third day
 
[C13: from Latin febris quartāna fever occurring every fourth day, reckoned inclusively]

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quartan quar·tan (kwôrt'n)
adj.
Recurring every fourth day, counting inclusively, or every 72 hours. Used of a fever. n.
A quartan malarial fever.

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