from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Characterized by temporary abatement in severity. Used especially of diseases.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Temporarily abating; having remissions from time to time: noting diseases the symptoms of which diminish very considerably, but never entirely disappear as in intermittent diseases.
  • noun Same as remittent fever (which see, under fever).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Remitting; characterized by remission; having remissions.
  • adjective (Med.) a fever in which the symptoms temporarily abate at regular intervals, but do not wholly cease. See Malarial fever, under Malarial.

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  • adjective pathology Of or pertaining to remission of the severity of symptoms

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective (of a disease) characterized by periods of diminished severity


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  • Warundi; to the Arab slave-traders and half-castes; to all fevers, remittent, and intermittent; to the sloughs and swamps of Makata; to the brackish waters and howling wastes; to my own dusky friends and followers, and to the hero-traveller and Christian gentleman,

    How I Found Livingstone

  • If you would have died from fever, you would have died at Ujiji when you had that severe attack of remittent.

    How I Found Livingstone

  • The evening of this day I was attacked with urticaria, or “nettle rash,” for the third time since arriving in Africa, and I suffered a woeful sickness; and it was the forerunner of an attack of remittent fever, which lasted four days.

    How I Found Livingstone

  • Hawkey, of fatal typhus (which during 1862 followed the yellow fever, in the Bonny and New Calabar Rivers); and Mr. Eyre, palpably of bilious remittent.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • More convenient Fernando Po certainly was, but not more healthy, and ever since 1827 it has been accumulating for itself an evil reputation for unhealthiness which is only languishing just at present because there is an interval between its epidemics — fever in Fernando Po, even more than on the mainland, having periodic outbursts of a more serious type than the normal intermittent and remittent of the Coast.

    Travels in West Africa

  • He observed that the popular use of cinchona bark the source of quinine for the treatment of intermittent and remittent fevers actually brought on these fevers as well.


  • But this subject requires scientific comparative observation on various parts of the Coast, for Cameroons is at the beginning of the South – West Coast, whereon the percentage of cases of haematuric to those of intermittent and remittent fevers is far higher than on the West Coast.

    Travels in West Africa

  • Why, I knew a gentleman who had as fine an attack of the smallpox as any one would not wish to have, and who for days behaved as if he had remittent, and then burst out into the characteristic eruption; and only got all his earthly possessions burnt, and no end of carbolic acid dressings for his pains.

    Travels in West Africa

  • The excitement came back upon her like a remittent fever.

    The Awakening

  • It is usually of the remittent type and may continue for some months.

    Insects and Diseases A Popular Account of the Way in Which Insects may Spread or Cause some of our Common Diseases


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