American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Fever.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A higher bodily temperature than is normal; fever.
- n. medicine fever
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) The febrile condition.
- n. a rise in the temperature of the body; frequently a symptom of infection
- Ancient Greek πυρεξία (pyrexia, "feverishness"), from πυρετός (pyretos, "fever"). (Wiktionary)
- New Latin, from Greek purexis, from puressein, to have a fever, from puretos, fever; see pyretic. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If, however, organic disease can be excluded, and if the pyrexia is the only circumstance which prevents the decision that the child is well and should be treated as well, then the thermometer may be overruled and the pyrexia neglected.”
“If pyrexia is present, it is a serious symptom, as it is a sign of septic absorption in the bronchi, and may be the forerunner of gangrene.”
“The pyrexia may have the same periodic character as that just noted in cases of cyclic vomiting.”
“During the next few days the animal will lose some weight and perhaps show a certain amount of pyrexia.”
“The accompanying table of normal averages for the animals usually employed in bacteriological research may be of use in preventing the erroneous assumption that pyrexia is present in an animal, which merely shows its own normal temperature.”
“From the middle of July until we left Gallipoli for good, our effective strength was being continually reduced by dysentery, pyrexia, and jaundice.”
“Yet we all know that the pyrexia invariably returned as soon as the effects of each dose were exhausted, and in a few years the results showed that while the antipyretics served to keep down the pyrexia, and give each case the appearance of doing well, the average duration of the cases, and their mortality, were both increased.”
“Consequently their exhibition was wholly empirical, and the one that subdued the pyrexia most promptly was given the preference.”
“No one, however, undertook to first ascertain by strictly scientific appliances the actual pathological processes causing the pyrexia in each form of disease, or even to determine whether in any given case the increased heat was the result of increased heat production, or diminished heat dissipation.”
“Consequently, to control the pyrexia became the leading object of treatment; and whatever would do this promptly, and at the same time allay pain and promote rest, found favor at the bedside of the patient.”
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