One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Raised body temperature; fever.
feverishness, high temperature, febricity, febrilityView synonyms
- ‘Fever, or pyrexia, refers to a rise of up to 40.5°C and hyperpyrexia to a greater rise.’
- ‘Heat exhaustion typically is associated with nonspecific signs and symptoms and mild pyrexia.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Rarely, patients may have influenza-like symptoms, transient pyrexia, or allergic reactions.’
Mid 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek purexis, from puressein ‘be feverish’, from pur ‘fire’.
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