Definition of Fever

1. Noun. A rise in the temperature of the body; frequently a symptom of infection.

Exact synonyms: Febricity, Febrility, Feverishness, Pyrexia
Generic synonyms: Symptom
Specialized synonyms: Hyperpyrexia
Derivative terms: Feverous, Feverish, Feverish, Pyrectic

2. Noun. Intense nervous anticipation. "In a fever of resentment"
Generic synonyms: Anticipation, Expectancy
Specialized synonyms: Buck Fever, Gold Fever

Definition of Fever

1. n. A diseased state of the system, marked by increased heat, acceleration of the pulse, and a general derangement of the functions, including usually, thirst and loss of appetite. Many diseases, of which fever is the most prominent symptom, are denominated fevers; as, typhoid fever; yellow fever.

2. v. t. To put into a fever; to affect with fever; as, a fevered lip.

Definition of Fever

1. Noun. A higher than normal body temperature of a person (or, generally, a mammal), usually caused by disease. ¹

2. Noun. (usually in combination with one or more preceding words) Any of various diseases. ¹

3. Noun. A state of excitement (of a person or people). ¹

4. Noun. A group of stingrays. ¹

5. Verb. To put into a fever; to affect with fever. ¹

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Definition of Fever

1. to affect with fever (abnormal elevation of the body temperature) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Fever

1. A rise in body temperature above normal usually as a natural response to infection. Typically an oral temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit constitutes a fever. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fever

fever (current term)
fever and ague
fever blister
fever blisters
fever of unknown origin
fever pitch
fever therapy
fever tree

Literary usage of Fever

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Lancet (1898)
"The first noteworthy point is the remarkable decline in enteric fever which has occurred at ... In 1895 the death-rate from enteric fever in London was 14, ..."

2. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1897)
"Dr. Holmes believes hay-fever to be primarily a local disease, ... As to the statement thnt people who have hay-fever have the attack come on an exact date. ..."

3. Monographic Medicine by Albion Walter Hewlett, Lewellys Franklin Barker, Milton Howard Fussell, Henry Leopold Elsner (1916)
"Typhus fever was first brought to America in 1812. The credit of having separated typhus from typhoid, thus making differentiation possible belongs to ..."

4. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1901)
"Although the symptoms, complications, and sequels of typhoid fever have been well described by a large number of writers, it still seems permissible to add ..."

5. Annual Report (1921)
"OPERATIONS AGAINST YELLOW fever During 1920 co-operative work against yellow fever .was undertaken in Mexico; aid was given in the suppression of epidemics ..."

6. Annual Report by Indiana State Board of Health (1915)
"order of prevalence for the month is as follows: Typhoid fever, diphtheria, scarlet fever, tonsillitis, diarrhea and enteritis, acute rheumatism, ..."

7. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1888)
"Typhoid-fever. The eleven medical and surgical societies from the ... The difficulties lie in the fact that typhoid-fever is frequently a very mild disease, ..."

8. Organizations by James G. March, Herbert Alexander Simon (1878)
"Inflammatory fever. — We have now considered the local manifes- tation< ut the inflammatory process in its ordinary stages, those of determination. lymph ..."

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