jactitation(redirected from jactation)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal.
restless tossing to and fro in acute illness.
jactitation/jac·ti·ta·tion/ (jak″tĭ-ta´shun) restless tossing to and fro in acute illness.
1. A false boasting or claim, especially one detrimental to the interests of another.
2. Extreme restlessness or tossing in bed, as can occur with some forms of acute disease.
Etymology: L, jactare, show off, display
twitchings or spasms of muscles or muscle groups, as observed in the restless body movements of a patient with a severe fever.
jac·ti·ta·tion, jactation (jak'ti-tā'shŭn, jak-tāshŭn)
Extreme restlessness or tossing about from side to side.
[L. jactatio, a tossing, fr. jacto, pp. -atus, to throw]
1. The extreme restlessness and tossing of delirium.
2. Sudden, irregular jerking or twitching. From the Latin jactitare, to throw out or to make a display.