Word of the Day 

febrile :

adjectivemarked or caused by fever :feverish 

The patient exhibited a rash and febrile symptoms that wereconsistent with a certain rare tropicalinfection

Febrile seizures typically occurbetween the ages of 6 months and 6 years old. They happen when a feverspikes very quickly….” — Vikki OrtizHealyChicago TribuneAugust 4, 2014

Did you know?
Not too surprisinglyfebrile originatedin the field of medicine. We note its first use in the work of the 17th-century medical reformer NoahBiggsBiggs used it in admonishingphysicians to care for their “febrilepatients” properlyBoth feverish and febrile are from the Latin word for feverwhich is febrisNowadaysfebrile is used in medicine in a varietyof waysincluding references to suchthings as “the febrile phase” of an illness. And, like feverish, it also has an extended sense, as in “a febrileemotional state.”


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