Definition of "tertian" [ter•tian]

  • (adjective) Recurring every other day or, when considered inclusively, every third day: a tertian fever.
  • (noun) Pathology A tertian fever, such as vivax malaria.

Use "tertian" in a sentence

  • "Cinchona bark had long been used by indigenous people as a remedy for fevers, and at the end of the seventeenth century, a British physician, in one of the earliest controlled studies of a drug, proved that its effect was unique to what was then known as tertian fever."
  • "Classically, but infrequently observed, the attacks occur every second day with the "tertian" parasites (P. falciparum, P. vivax, and P. ovale) and every third day with the "quartan" parasite (P. malariae)."
  • "Saturday to Tuesday the symptoms continued ever worsening: a kind of tertian ague, "bastard tertian" as the old Doctors name it; for which it was ordered that his"

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