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hectic feverSpiking fever Infectious disease A highly nonspecific term for either a fever characterized by a daily spike in temperature, or one in which the peak and trough temperatures differ by 1.4ºC; the term may be so clinically meaningless as to be completely abandoned. See Fever.
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