(pathology) An intermittent fever, attended by alternate cold and hot fits.
Origin of Ague
Middle English agu, ague, from Old French and Middle French (fievre) aguë, “acute (fever)” (Modern French fièvre aigüe), from Late Latin (febris) acuta (“acute fever”), from acūtus (“sharp, acute”) + febris (“fever”).
Middle English from Old French (fievre) ague sharp (fever) from Medieval Latin (febris) acūta from Latin feminine of acūtus acute
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Cognate to acute.
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