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Sextans

[sek-stuh nz] /ˈsɛk stənz/
noun, genitive Sextantis
[sek-stan-tis] /sɛkˈstæn tɪs/ (Show IPA),
for 1.
1.
Astronomy. the Sextant, an equatorial constellation between Hydra and Leo.
2.
(lowercase) a bronze coin of ancient Rome, the sixth part of an as, issued during the period of the Republic.
Origin
< Latin sextāns; see sextant

sextan

[sek-stuh n] /ˈsɛk stən/
adjective
1.
(of a fever) characterized by paroxysms that recurevery sixth day.
noun
2.
a sextan fever.
Origin
1650-60; < Neo-Latin sextān(a) (febris) sixth day (fever), equivalent to Latin sext(us) sixth + āna -an
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Sextans

/ˈsɛkstənz/
noun (Latin genitive) Sextantis (sɛksˈtæntɪs)
1.
a faint constellation lying on the celestial equator close to Leo and Hydra
Word Origin
New Latin: sextant

sextan

/ˈsɛkstən/
adjective
1.
(of a fever) marked by paroxysms that recur after an interval of five days
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin sextana (febris) (fever) of the sixth (day)
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