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.
Origin and Etymology of fever
Middle English, from Old English fēfer, from Latin febris
First Known Use: before 12th century
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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