occurring every fourth day, counting both days of occurrence: said of a fever
Origin of quartanMiddle English quartaine ; from Middle French (fièvre) quartaine ; from Classical Latin (febris) quartana, (fever) occurring every fourth day, feminine of quartanus ; from quartus, fourth: see quart
a type of malaria in which the paroxysms occur every fourth day
Occurring every fourth day, counting inclusively, or every 72 hours. Used of a fever.
A malarial fever recurring every 72 hours.
Origin of quartanMiddle English quartaine, from Old French, from Latin qu&amacron;rt&amacron;na, from qu&amacron;rt&amacron;nus, of the fourth, from qu&amacron;rtus, fourth; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.
- (medicine, historical) A fever whose symptoms recur every four days.
(comparative more quartan, superlative most quartan)
- (medicine) Recurring every four days; especially in designating a form of malaria with such symptoms.