quartan [kwawr-tn] ExamplesWord Origin adjective
- (of a fever, ague, etc.) characterized by paroxysms that recur every fourth day, both days of consecutive occurrence being counted.
- a quartan fever or ague.
- quartan malaria.
Origin of quartan 1250–1300; Middle English quartaine Old French Latin (febris) quartāna quartan (fever), feminine of quartānus, equivalent to quart(us) fourth + -ānus -an Examples from the Web for quartan Historical Examples of quartan
This is the cycle, as described by Golgi, of the tertian and quartan parasite.
Favorinus extolled Thersites, and wrote in praise of a quartan ague.
I had heard also that you had been plagued by a quartan ague.
A. Conan Doyle
Don Carlos had also fallen sick of the quartan fever, some time before the arrival of the queen in Spain.
Juan Antonio Llorente
In fixing this date he knew that Bayard was ill at the time with a quartan fever.
British Dictionary definitions for quartan quartan adjective
- (esp of a malarial fever) occurring every third day
Word Origin for quartan C13: from Latin febris quartāna fever occurring every fourth day, reckoned inclusively quartan in Medicine quartan [kwôrt′n] adj.
- Recurring every fourth day, counting inclusively, or every 72 hours. Used of a fever.