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having periods of abatement and of exacerbation.
remittent fever elevated body temperature showing fluctuation each day, but never falling to normal.
a fever pattern in which temperature varies during each 24-hour period but never reaches normal. Most fevers are remittent and the pattern is not characteristic of any disease, although in the 19th century it was considered a diagnostic term.
Etymology: L, remittere + febris, fever
diurnal variations of an elevated temperature with exacerbations and remissions but never a return to normal.
re·mit·tent fe·ver(rĕ-mitĕnt fēvĕr)
Pyrexic pattern in which temperature varies during each 24-hour period but never reaches normal.
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.
fever associated with aseptic wounds, presumably due to the disintegration of leukocytes or to the absorption of avascular or traumatized tissue.
sustained fever resulting from damage to the thermoregulatory centers of the hypothalamus.
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.
an attack of fever, with recurring paroxysms of elevated temperature separated by intervals during which the temperature is normal.
elevated body temperature showing fluctuation each day, but never falling to normal.
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.