fever, febrility, febricity, pyrexia, feverishness(noun)
a rise in the temperature of the body; frequently a symptom of infection
intense nervous anticipation
"in a fever of resentment"
A higher than normal body temperature of a person (or, generally, a mammal), usually caused by disease.
"I have a fever. I think I've caught a cold."
Any of various diseases.
A state of excitement (of a person or people).
A group of stingrays.
To put into a fever; to affect with fever.
a diseased state of the system, marked by increased heat, acceleration of the pulse, and a general derangement of the functions, including usually, thirst and loss of appetite. Many diseases, of which fever is the most prominent symptom, are denominated fevers; as, typhoid fever; yellow fever
excessive excitement of the passions in consequence of strong emotion; a condition of great excitement; as, this quarrel has set my blood in a fever
to put into a fever; to affect with fever; as, a fevered lip
Origin: [OE. fever, fefer, AS. fefer, fefor, L. febris: cf. F. fivre. Cf. Febrile.]
Fever is one of the most common medical signs and is characterized by an elevation of body temperature above the normal range of 36.5–37.5 °C due to an increase in the temperature regulatory set-point. This increase in set-point triggers increased muscle tone and chills. As a person's temperature increases, there is, in general, a feeling of cold despite an increasing body temperature. Once the new temperature is reached, there is a feeling of warmth. A fever can be caused by many different conditions ranging from benign to potentially serious. Some studies suggest that fever is useful as a defense mechanism as the body's immune response can be strengthened at higher temperatures, however there are arguments for and against the usefulness of fever, and the issue is controversial. With the exception of very high temperatures, treatment to reduce fever is often not necessary; however, antipyretic medications can be effective at lowering the temperature, which may improve the affected person's comfort. Fever differs from uncontrolled hyperthermia, in that hyperthermia is an increase in body temperature over the body's thermoregulatory set-point, due to excessive heat production and/or insufficient thermoregulation.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fē′vėr, n. disease marked by great bodily heat and quickening of pulse: extreme excitement of the passions, agitation: a painful degree of anxiety.—v.t. to put into a fever.—v.i. to become fevered.—adj. Fē′vered, affected with fever, excited.—ns. Fē′ver-few, a composite perennial closely allied to camomile, so called from its supposed power as a febrifuge; Fē′ver-heat, the heat of fever: an excessive degree of excitement.—adj. Fē′verish, slightly fevered: indicating fever: fidgety: fickle: morbidly eager.—adv. Fē′verishly.—n. Fē′verishness.—adj. Fē′verous, feverish: marked by sudden changes. [A.S. féfor—L. febris.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
An abnormal elevation of body temperature, usually as a result of a pathologic process.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'fever' in Nouns Frequency: #2781
The numerical value of fever in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of fever in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Got the python fever, I guess.
I had a high fever, but I'm better now.
She never says scarlet fever. She never says rash.
Feed a fever, starve a cold. Lightly sup with rickets.
If he can play with a broken leg, he can play with a fever.
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