Fever definition

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To effect fever in.
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Any of various diseases characterized by a high fever.

Yellow fever.

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The definition of a fever is a body temperature above normal, a disease with a high fever, or a condition of being uneasy and excited.

An example of a fever is 102 degrees fahrenheit.

An example of a fever is typhoid.

An example of a fever is a nervous fidget.

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Abnormally high body temperature.
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Any of various diseases characterized by abnormally high body temperature.
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A condition of heightened activity or excitement.

A fever of anticipation.

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A contagious, usually short-lived enthusiasm or craze.

Disco fever.

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A higher than normal body temperature of a person (or, generally, a mammal), usually caused by disease.
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A condition of nervousness or restless excitement.
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A body temperature that is higher than normal, caused by an infection, ovulation, vigorous exercise, etc.; pyrexia.
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Abnormally high body temperature.
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To effect fever in.
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To be or become feverish.
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A body temperature that is higher than normal. Fever is the body's natural response to the release of substances called pyrogens by infectious agents such as bacteria and viruses. The pyrogens stimulate the hypothalamus in the brain to conserve heat and increase the basal metabolic rate.
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To cause fever in.
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To be or become feverish.
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Any of various diseases characterized by abnormally high body temperature.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
fever
Plural:
fevers

Origin of fever

  • Middle English from Old English fefor and from Old French fievre both from Latin febris

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old French fievre, reinforced by native Old English fēfor, from Latin febris (“a fever”), from ferveō (“to be hot, burn, boil”); or perhaps literally 'a trembling', akin to Greek φέβεσθαι (febesthai, “to flee affrighted”), φόβος (phobos, “flight, panic fear, fear, terror”).

    From Wiktionary