intermittent fever

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Related to intermittent fever: remittent fever, relapsing fever, malaria, continuous fever

intermittent fever

a fever that recurs in cycles of paroxysms and remissions, such as in malaria. Kinds of intermittent fever include biduotertian fever, double quartan fever, and quartan malaria.

intermittent fever

Fever in which symptoms disappear completely between paroxysms.
See: malaria; undulant fever
See also: fever


1. an abnormally high body temperature; pyrexia. See also hyperthermia.
2. any disease characterized by marked increase of body temperature. See body temperature.
For diseases characterized by fever, see the eponymic or descriptive name: e.g. african swine, bovine petechial, canicola, cat-scratch disease, desert, ephemeral, equine intestinal ehrlichiosis, classical swine fever(hog cholera), malignant catarrhal fever, malta, mediterranean coast, q, rift valley, rocky mountain spotted, Russian spring-summer encephalitis, tickborne, tularemia, undulant. milk fever is not accompanied by pyrexia.

aseptic fever
fever associated with aseptic wounds, presumably due to the disintegration of leukocytes or to the absorption of avascular or traumatized tissue.
central fever
sustained fever resulting from damage to the thermoregulatory centers of the hypothalamus.
chemical fever
fever caused by the intake of a sterile substance, e.g. the injection of a foreign protein, the administration of dinitrophenols.
continued fever, continuous fever
persistently elevated body temperature, showing no or little variation and never falling to normal during any 24-hour period.
intermittent fever
an attack of fever, with recurring paroxysms of elevated temperature separated by intervals during which the temperature is normal.
remittent fever
elevated body temperature showing fluctuation each day, but never falling to normal.
septic fever
see septic fever.
Shar Pei fever
see familial renal amyloidosis.
fever of unknown origin (FUO)
a recognized clinical syndrome of persistently (>2 weeks) elevated body temperature (>104°F) and without other signs. Causes include infections, neoplasia, immune-mediated diseases, and drug reactions.
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