Definition of Tertian

1. Adjective. Relating to symptoms (especially malarial fever) that appear every other day. "Tertian fever"

Partainyms: Cycle

2. Adjective. Of or relating to a tonal system based on major thirds. "A tertian tonal system"
Partainyms: Third

Definition of Tertian

1. a. Occurring every third day; as, a tertian fever.

2. n. A disease, especially an intermittent fever, which returns every third day, reckoning inclusively, or in which the intermission lasts one day.

Definition of Tertian

1. Adjective. Of a fever, characterised by paroxysms every third day. ¹

2. Adjective. (context: music) Pertaining to the mean-tone temperament, in which major thirds are perfectly in tune. ¹

3. Noun. A tertian fever. ¹

4. Noun. The puncheon, an old wine cask, three of which made a tun. ¹

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Definition of Tertian

1. a recurrent fever [n -S]

Medical Definition of Tertian

1. Occurring every third day; as, a tertian fever. Origin: L. Tertianus, from tertius the third. See Tierce. 1. A disease, especially an intermittent fever, which returns every third day, reckoning inclusively, or in which the intermission lasts one day. 2. A liquid measure formerly used for wine, equal to seventy imperial, or eighty-four wine, gallons, being one third of a tun. Origin: L. Tertiana (sc. Febris): cf. OF. Tertiane. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tertian

tert-butyl alcohol
tertian (current term)
tertian fever
tertian malaria
tertian parasite
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tertiary alcohol
tertiary alcohols
tertiary amine

Literary usage of Tertian

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1. La intossicazione chinica e l'infezione malarica by Salvatore Tomaselli, William Sydney Thayer (1897)
"In such a case the simple observation of several paroxysms might lead us immediately to suspect the true nature of the fever—ie, a double tertian infection. ..."

2. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler (1912)
"These are («) tertian fever and (b) quartan fever. (a) tertian Fever.—This type of fever depends upon the presence in the blood of the tertian parasite, ..."

3. Medical Record by George Frederick Shrady, Thomas Lathrop Stedman (1890)
"The Development of the Malarial Parasites in tertian Fever.—Dr. Golgi asserts that, similarly as in quartan fever, so in tertian fever the origin of the ..."

4. Twentieth Century Practice: An International Encyclopedia of Modern Medical by Thomas Lathrop Stedman (1900)
"tertian Fever. History.—The older physicians, as for instance Torti in his classical ... The first corresponded to that which we call the ordinary tertian, ..."

5. Tropical Diseases: A Manual of the Diseases of Warm Climates by Patrick Manson (1900)
"The associated symptoms are, in many respects, very different from those caused by the benign tertian parasite. In the first place, though rigor is not so ..."

6. Two monographs on malaria and the parasites of malarial fevers by Amico Bignami, Julius Mannaberg, Ettore Marchiafava (1894)
"CHAPTER V. THE SUMMER-AUTUMN tertian. Typical curve of this fever—Differences between the curve of the paroxysm in the mild tertian and the curve in the ..."

7. International Clinics: A Quarterly of Clinical Lectures by Henry W. Cattell, M. D. Witherspoon (1908)
"Crespin 42 informs us that it is not rare to find on examination tertian and ... Billet lz found the large tertian in six of forty cases of typhoid type. ..."

8. Differential Diagnosis by Richard Clarke Cabot (1912)
"A large number of tertian parasites—especially the young, unpigmented ring forms—were found in the stained blood-smear, together with some large atypical ..."

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