Definition of febrile
: marked or caused by fever : feverish a febrile reaction caused by an allergy
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Recent Examples of febrile from the Web
A febrile mood in the country, and the power vacuum in Downing Street, mean that all options are back on the table.
The febrile rapport of the horn players feels like an extrapolation of the most adventurous interactions between saxophonist Archie Shepp and trombonist Roswell Rudd, who worked together in the mighty New York Contemporary Five.
Mr. Burton’s febrile intensity gives that film a suggestion of madness, along with sweat and rays of heat, lacking in the remake.
Reynolds’s own performance, ranging from febrile comedy to radiant melodrama, is more than the means, or even the embodiment, of this idea.
This is the final, febrile end-stage of the prion disease that has afflicted the Republican Party since Ronald Reagan first fed it the monkeybrains in 1981.
Amid febrile global currency markets that seem to twist with every new tweet from President Donald Trump , the Indian rupee has emerged as a rare spot of stability.
In the current febrile crisis, ISIS needs Donald Trump, and Donald Trump needs ISIS.
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Did You Know?
Not too surprisingly, febrile originated in the field of medicine. We note its first use in the work of the 17th-century medical reformer Noah Biggs. Biggs used it in admonishing physicians to care for their "febrile patients" properly. Both feverish and febrile are from the Latin word for fever, which is febris. Nowadays, febrile is used in medicine in a variety of ways, including references to such things as "the febrile phase" of an illness. And, like feverish, it also has an extended sense, as in "a febrile emotional state."
Origin and Etymology of febrile
Medieval Latin febrilis, from Latin febris fever
First Known Use: 1651See Words from the same year
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Definition of febrile for English Language Learners
medical : including or caused by fever
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