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a malarial fever with paroxysms that typically recur every 48 hours or every other day (every third day, reckoning the day of the paroxysm as the first); the fever is induced by release of merozoites and their invasion of new red blood corpuscles.
Synonym(s): benign tertian fever, benign tertian malaria, malaria tertiana, tertian fever, tertian malaria, vivax fever
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tertian feverTertian malaria Infectious disease A fever characterized by febrile paroxysms occurring every 3rd day, as in the 48-hr febrile peaks in P vivax malaria–benign tertian malaria; malignant TF is caused by the virulent P falciparum which, in its most intense form, may be fatal within days. See Malaria. Cf Quartan fever.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
tertian feverFever in MALARIA caused by the invasion of new red blood cells by Plasmodium vivax. This occurs in a 48 hour cycle.
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