(obsolete) A hectic fever.
(obsolete) A flush like one produced by such a fever.
Other Word Forms of Hectic
Origin of Hectic
Middle English etik recurring fever from Old French etique from Late Latin hecticus from Greek hektikos habitual, consumptive (as a fever) from hexis habit from ekhein to be in a certain condition segh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old French etique, from Medieval Latin *hecticus, from Ancient Greek έκτικός (ektikos, “habitual, hectic, consumptive”), from έξις (exis, “a state or habit of body or of mind, condition”), from ἔχειν (ekhein, “to have, hold, intransitive be in a certain state”).
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