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Occurring every fourth day, counting inclusively, or every 72 hours. Used of a fever.
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.]
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(Pathology) (esp of a malarial fever) occurring every third day
[C13: from Latin febris quartāna fever occurring every fourth day, reckoned inclusively]
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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]
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|Noun||1.||quartan - a malarial fever that recurs every fourth day|
|Adj.||1.||quartan - occurring every fourth day (especially the fever and weakness of malaria); "quartan malaria"|
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a. cuartana, que recurre cada cuatro días tal como la fiebre palúdica.
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