- designating or of the recurrent or persistent fever accompanying wasting diseases, esp. tuberculosis
- of, affected with, or characteristic of a wasting disease, as tuberculosis
- Archaic red or flushed, as with fever
- characterized by confusion, rush, excitement, etc.
Origin of hecticaltered (after French or L) from Middle English etik from Old French étique (Fr hectique) from Late Latin hecticus from Classical Greek hektikos, habitual, hectic from hexis, permanent condition or habit of the body from echein, to have: for Indo-European base see school