quartan


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quar·tan

 (kwôrt′n)
adj.
Occurring every fourth day, counting inclusively, or every 72 hours. Used of a fever.
n.
A malarial fever recurring every 72 hours.

[Middle English quartaine, from Old French, from Latin quārtāna, from quārtānus, of the fourth, from quārtus, fourth; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.]

quartan

(ˈkwɔːtən)
adj
(Pathology) (esp of a malarial fever) occurring every third day
[C13: from Latin febris quartāna fever occurring every fourth day, reckoned inclusively]

quar•tan

(ˈkwɔr tn)

adj.
1. recurring every fourth day, both days of consecutive occurrence being counted: quartan fevers.
n.
2. a quartan fever, ague, etc.
[1250–1300; Middle English quartaine < Old French < Latin (febris) quārtāna quartan (fever), fr. quārt(us) fourth + -ānus -an1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quartan - a malarial fever that recurs every fourth day
chills and fever, ague - successive stages of chills and fever that is a symptom of malaria
Adj.1.quartan - occurring every fourth day (especially the fever and weakness of malaria); "quartan malaria"
Translations

quar·tan

a. cuartana, que recurre cada cuatro días tal como la fiebre palúdica.
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Clara awoke quite drowsy, and not understanding at the moment what Dorothea said, asked her what it was; she repeated what she had said, and Clara became attentive at once; but she had hardly heard two lines, as the singer continued, when a strange trembling seized her, as if she were suffering from a severe attack of quartan ague, and throwing her arms round Dorothea she said:
Quartan malaria : An investigation on the incidence of Plasmodium malariae in Bisra PHC, District Sundargarh, Orissa.
10) Durling and Martinez (353) cite a suggestive passage from Ptolemy that describes the negative influence of Saturn: "Saturn, when he gains sole dominance, is in general the cause of destruction by cold, and, in particular, when the event concerns men, causes long illnesses, consumptions, withering, disturbances caused by fluids, rheumatisms and quartan fevers, exile, poverty, imprisonment, mourning, fears, and deaths, especially among those advanced in age.
Yesterday, at least, I applied dizyphon to a man afflicted with chronic quartan fever, and he became at once as healthy as a tick.
Incubation period: 10 to 12 days for falciparum, 13 to 17 for vivax, and 28 to 30 for quartan malaria.
The only known illness early in Caesar's life was an attack of quartan fever (malaria) during the time when he was a fugitive from Sulla, from 85-82 BC.
Quartan malaria--an investigation on the incidence of Plasmodium malariae in Bisra PHC, District Sundergarh, Orissa.