Definition of febrile in US English:



  • 1Having or showing the symptoms of a fever.

    ‘a febrile illness’
    • ‘Chest radiographs may, however, be normal during the febrile prodrome and throughout the illness.’
    • ‘This recipient also developed a febrile illness within days of receiving the suspect transfusion.’
    • ‘He appeared to be doing well until he was found to be lethargic, confused, febrile, and hypotensive 2 years after his initial diagnosis of lymphoma.’
    • ‘Persons living in households with a vaccinated child experienced 40 percent fewer cases of febrile respiratory illness.’
    • ‘She had an obstetric history familiar to this area: two live children, and three children who had died with a febrile illness between 1 and 3 years of age.’
    • ‘If clinicians are unsure of the diagnosis in a patient with severe febrile illness, it is reasonable to treat for malaria.’
    • ‘The primary end point was a febrile illness (fever on at least one day plus symptoms for at least two consecutive days).’
    • ‘Their original application was in febrile diseases where symptoms of high fever, delirium and convulsions occurred.’
    • ‘About 20 percent of febrile children have fever without an apparent source of infection after a complete history and physical examination.’
    • ‘These programmes included an educational component relating to nutrition, prevention of disease, and early treatment of febrile illnesses such as malaria.’
    • ‘The most common symptomatic manifestation is a nonspecific febrile illness, with or without a rash, often accompanied by upper respiratory tract symptoms.’
    • ‘Most febrile seizures are, however, generalised, brief and occur only once during a febrile illness.’
    • ‘This is called a fever seizure or febrile seizure.’
    • ‘The majority of symptomatic patients have a self-limited, febrile illness, occasionally with headache, nausea, and vomiting.’
    • ‘The present study shows that the incidence of the disease in patients with undiagnosed febrile illness in this region is 18.6 per cent.’
    • ‘We excluded provoked seizures, acute symptomatic seizures, and febrile convulsions.’
    • ‘Children with febrile seizures received routine life support on admission to hospital.’
    • ‘Many had an associated febrile or flu-like illness.’
    • ‘This can cause a significant problem with the examination of children with febrile illnesses.’
    • ‘Persons with acute febrile illness usually should not be vaccinated until their symptoms have abated.’
    feverish, fevered, hot, burning, burning up, fiery, flushed, sweating, in a cold sweat
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    1. 1.1 Having or showing a great deal of nervous excitement or energy.
      ‘a febrile imagination’
      • ‘In the febrile atmosphere following the raids, all sorts of spectacular claims emerged, some from British sources, but mostly from the United States and Pakistan.’
      • ‘But in the current febrile atmosphere at Westminster such talks seems almost academic.’
      • ‘She probes the febrile atmosphere in the royal household including tension between Louis and Marie Antoinette.’
      • ‘Then, as now, the region was in a highly febrile state.’
      • ‘As this febrile atmosphere becomes ever more pervasive, the space in which proper debate can take place becomes ever more constricted.’
      • ‘It's entirely possible to feel relaxed in one's surroundings, yet still be ‘alert, tense, febrile.’’
      • ‘When you consider the febrile atmosphere of Southampton football club, even an expression of admiration can seem suspicious.’
      • ‘Over the span of his life, El Greco moved from an environment dominated by the archaic patterns of piety of the Eastern Church to the febrile, religious atmosphere of Counter-Reformation.’
      • ‘Exploiting the febrile atmosphere of mid August, he and his allies seized temporary control of the government's response to northern events.’
      • ‘That has, to some extent proved successful, and the febrile atmosphere of the early years of devolution, with its perennial sniping and briefing, has disappeared.’
      • ‘There is sufficient uncertainty approaching Tuesday's finish line, however, for financial markets to be in a highly febrile state.’
      • ‘The febrile atmosphere within the party at Westminster last week has, on occasion, been reminiscent of those times.’
      • ‘It is a portrait of a nervous man in the grip of a febrile creative activity.’
      • ‘It is because the atmosphere is so febrile that the news about Derek Scott's book has received such attention.’
      • ‘This period of excitement is usually in the early febrile stage.’
      • ‘But even in those febrile times MI5 was highly sceptical, deriding the nationalist fascist tendency as ‘of little consequence’.’
      • ‘The febrile excitement of the story is sustained by the use of rapid action, exotic locales, and exaggerated passions, often cruel or prurient.’
      • ‘Events in Bournemouth last week demonstrated how febrile the political atmosphere is at present, and how fickle the interpretations by the media.’
      • ‘The current febrile atmosphere requires cool heads.’
      nervous, anxious, tense, on edge, edgy, strained, stressed, agitated, apprehensive, in a state of nerves, in a state of agitation, uneasy, restless, worked up, keyed up, overwrought, wrought up, strung out, jumpy, on tenterhooks, with one's stomach in knots, fidgety, fearful, frightened, scared, with one's heart in one's mouth, like a cat on a hot tin roof, quaking, trembling, shaking, shaking in one's shoes, shaky, on pins and needles, in a cold sweat, fevered
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Mid 17th century: from French fébrile or medieval Latin febrilis, from Latin febris ‘fever’.