Quartan ague

A fever which reoccurred every fourth day; one of the indeterminate febrile ailments of the period, *sweating sickness, probably influenza, which could be fatal. [< Lat. quartanus = of the fourth] -
Cf. Ague

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  • Quartan — Quar tan, a. [F. quartain, in fi[ e]vre quartaine, L. quartanus, fr. quartus the fourth. See {Quart}.] Of or pertaining to the fourth; occurring every fourth day, reckoning inclusively; as, a quartan ague, or fever. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quartan — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English quarteyn, from Anglo French (fevre) quartaine quartan fever, from Latin (febris) quartana, from quartanus of the fourth, from quartus Date: 14th century occurring every fourth day reckoning inclusively;… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • quartan — 1. noun /ˈkwɔːtən,ˈkwɔɻtən/ A fever whose symptoms recur every four days. an Egyptian at Alexandria, whose quartan resisted the strongest applications of European physic, was effectually healed by the actual cautery, which a certain Arab Shaykh… …   Wiktionary

  • quartan — /kwawr tn/, adj. 1. (of a fever, ague, etc.) characterized by paroxysms that recur every fourth day, both days of consecutive occurrence being counted. n. 2. a quartan fever or ague. 3. quartan malaria. [1250 1300; ME quartaine < OF < L (febris)… …   Universalium

  • quartan — /ˈkwɔtn/ (say kwawtn) Obsolete –adjective 1. (of a fever, ague, etc.) characterised by paroxysms which recur every fourth day, both days of consecutive occurrence being counted. –noun 2. a quartan fever or ague. {Middle English quartaine, from… …   Australian English dictionary

  • quartan — quar•tan [[t]ˈkwɔr tn[/t]] adj. 1) pat recurring every fourth day, both days of consecutive occurrence being counted: quartan fevers[/ex] 2) pat a quartan fever, ague, etc • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME quartaine < OF < L (febris) quārtāna… …   From formal English to slang

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  • Sweating sickness — An often fatal illness, named from one of its symptoms; probably a true influenza. Between 1315 and 1322 there was a series of epidemics accompanied by bad harvests and starvation. At the same time there were outbreaks of murrain. The result was… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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