fever

94 ENTRIES FOUND:

1fe·ver

noun \ˈfē-vər\

: a body temperature that is higher than normal

: a disease that causes an increase in body temperature

: a state of excited emotion or activity

Full Definition of FEVER

1
a :  a rise of body temperature above the normal
b :  any of various diseases of which fever is a prominent symptom
2
a :  a state of heightened or intense emotion or activity
b :  a contagious usually transient enthusiasm :  craze

Examples of FEVER

  1. The symptoms of the disease include headache and fever.
  2. We waited in a fever of anticipation.
  3. He had us all in a fever with worry.

Origin of FEVER

Middle English, from Old English fēfer, from Latin febris
First Known Use: before 12th century

2fever

verb
fe·veredfe·ver·ing \ˈfē-vriŋ, ˈfe-vər-iŋ\

Definition of FEVER

transitive verb
:  to throw into a fever :  agitate
intransitive verb
:  to contract or be in a fever :  become feverish

First Known Use of FEVER

1606

fever

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Abnormally high body temperature or a disease characterized by it. It most often occurs with infection. Normal core body temperature, measured orally, does not exceed 99°F (37.2°C). Up to 105°F (40.6°C), fever causes weakness and is best treated with aspirin, acetaminophen, or other antipyretic drugs. At 108°F (42.2°C) or more, it can lead to convulsions and death. In treatment, it is important to know the underlying cause. Fever appears to be a defense against infectious disease, stimulating leukocytes and increasing antibody production and perhaps killing or inhibiting bacteria and viruses that live within a narrow temperature range.

Variants of FEVER

fever or pyrexia

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: fever and ague
Previous Word in the Dictionary: feus
All Words Near: fever

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up fever? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More