Hectic fever
Hectic Hec"tic, a. [F. hectique, Gr. ? habitual, consumptive, fr. ? habit, a habit of body or mind, fr. ? to have; akin to Skr. sah to overpower, endure; cf. AS. sige, sigor, victory, G. sieg, Goth. sigis. Cf. {Scheme}.] 1. Habitual; constitutional; pertaining especially to slow waste of animal tissue, as in consumption; as, a hectic type in disease; a hectic flush. [1913 Webster]

2. In a hectic condition; having hectic fever; consumptive; as, a hectic patient. [1913 Webster]

{Hectic fever} (Med.), a fever of irritation and debility, occurring usually at a advanced stage of exhausting disease, as a in pulmonary consumption. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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