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tertian

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English

Etymology

Originally (MIddle English) as part of the collocation fever terciane, after Latin febris tertiana, from tertius ‘third’.

Adjective

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Positive
tertian

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

Singular
tertian

Plural
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  1. A tertian fever.
    • 1819: He died of the slow fever call'd the tertian, / And left his widow to her own aversion. — Lord Byron, Don Juan (Canto 1)

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