[mass noun] Raised body temperature; fever.‘nine patients had unexplained pyrexia’[count noun] ‘Julie still had a pyrexia’
feverishness, high temperature, febricity, febrilityView synonyms
- ‘Heat exhaustion typically is associated with nonspecific signs and symptoms and mild pyrexia.’
- ‘Rarely, patients may have influenza-like symptoms, transient pyrexia, or allergic reactions.’
- ‘Along with the constant infestation of lice came the high risk of pyrexia, or trench fever.’
- ‘In Perth, maternal pyrexia and preceding viral illness were both importantly associated with encephalopathy.’
- ‘Fever, or pyrexia, refers to a rise of up to 40.5°C and hyperpyrexia to a greater rise.’
Mid 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek purexis, from puressein be feverish, from pur fire.