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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The period of maximum severity or intensity of a disease or fever.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An apex or summit
  • n. A pediment or gable end
  • n. The most intense phase of a disease (especially a fever)

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The summit, apex, or ridge of a building, or of a pediment.
  • n. The pediment of a portico: so called in ancient architecture because it followed the form of the roof.
  • n. [NL.] In entomology, the extreme point of the front or apex of the head when, as in many Orthoptera, it is produced in a conical prominence.
  • n. A period of continuous fever in an acute disease, when the temperature has ceased to ascend but has not yet begun to fall.
  • n. A projection in the roof of the fourth ventricle of the brain.

Etymologies

Latin fastīgium, apex, height.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • The period of maximum severity or intensity of a disease or fever

    December 16, 2007