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The abatement of a fever.

[From Latin dēfervēscēns, dēfervēscent-, present participle of dēfervēscere, to stop boiling, cool off : dē-, de- + fervēscere, to grow hot, inchoative of fervēre, to be hot, boil; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.]

de′fer·vesce′ (-vĕs′) v.
de′fer·ves′cent adj.
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Verb1.defervesce - experience an abatement of a fever
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
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