Definition of fever
1a : a rise of body temperature above the normalb : any of various diseases of which fever is a prominent symptom
2a : a state of heightened or intense emotion or activityb : a contagious usually transient enthusiasm : craze
Examples of fever in a Sentence
The symptoms of the disease include headache and fever.
We waited in a fever of anticipation.
He had us all in a fever with worry.
Recent Examples of fever from the Web
Their legal battle played out publicly for two years and reached a devastating fever pitch in April 2016, when a judge rejected all of Kesha's claims against Dr. Luke.
Some of the symptoms include persistent coughing, sneezing, fever and decreased appetite.
The second was hospitalized with high fever, confusion and stiff neck.
Listeria symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Typical symptoms of true Lyme disease include fever, headache, fatigue and a skin rash that may have a characteristic bull's eye shape.
Others may experience headaches, fever, muscle and joint pain, rash and conjunctivitis, the center says.
Imagine waking up on a distant planet after three days of an intense fever.
On Saturday, Lindley was admitted to the hospital again after developing an infection with a fever as high as 103.
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Origin and Etymology of fever
Middle English, from Old English fēfer, from Latin febris
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
First Known Use of fever
FEVER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fever for English Language Learners
: a body temperature that is higher than normal
: a disease that causes an increase in body temperature
: a state of excited emotion or activity
FEVER Defined for Kids
Definition of fever for Students
1 : a body temperature that is higher than normal
2 : a disease involving fever
Medical Definition of fever
1: a rise of body temperature above the normal whether a natural response (as to infection) or artificially induced for therapeutic reasons
2: an abnormal bodily state characterized by increased production of heat, accelerated heart action and pulse, and systemic debility with weakness, loss of appetite, and thirst
3: any of various diseases of which fever is a prominent symptom
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