American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The abatement of a fever.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Abatement of heat; the state of growing cool; coolness; lukewarmness.
- n. In pathology, abatement or decrease of fever or feverish symptoms.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A subsiding from a state of ebullition; loss of heat; lukewarmness.
- n. (Med.) The subsidence of a febrile process.
- n. abatement of a fever as indicated by a reduction in body temperature
- Latin defervescere to grow cool. (Wiktionary)
- From Latin dēfervēscēns, dēfervēscent-, present participle of dēfervēscere, to stop boiling, cool off : dē-, de- + fervēscere, to grow hot, inchoative of fervēre, to be hot, boil; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Exanthem subitum typically occurs between 6 months and 2 years of age and is characterized by an abrupt rise in temperature, often to approximately 40°C, followed several days later by a rapid defervescence that coincides with the emergence of an erythematous maculopapular rash that can persist for several days.”
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