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 quārtāna from quārtānus of the fourth from quārtus 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.