defervescent


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de·fer·ves·cence

 (dē′fər-vĕs′əns)
n.
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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Adj.1.defervescent - of or relating to the reduction of a fever
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The body responds to the higher core temperature by initiating sweating and vasodilation during the defervescent phase of fever (Cooper).