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Hectic fever

Hectic definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

HEC'TICAL, a. [Gr. habit of body, to have.] Habitual; denoting a slow, continual fever, marked by preternatural, though remitting heat, which precedes and accompanies the consumption or phthisis; as a hectic fever.
1. Affected with hectic fevers; as a hectic patient.
2. Troubled with a morbid heat.
No hectic student scares the gentle maid.
HEC'TIC, n. A hectic; or habitual fever.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: marked by intense agitation or emotion; "worked at a feverish pace" [syn: feverish, hectic]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: Middle English etyk, from Anglo-French etique, from Late Latin hecticus, from Greek hektikos habitual, consumptive, from echein to have more at scheme Date: 14th century 1. of, relating to, or being a fluctuating but persistent fever (as in tuberculosis) 2. having a hectic fever 3. red, flushed 4. characterized by activity, excitement, or confusion <the hectic days before the holidays> hectically adverb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. --adj. 1 busy and confused; excited. 2 having a hectic fever; morbidly flushed. --n. 1 a hectic fever or flush. 2 a patient suffering from this. Phrases and idioms: hectic fever (or flush) hist. a fever which accompanies consumption and similar diseases, with flushed cheeks and hot dry skin. Derivatives: hectically adv. Etymology: ME etik f. OF etique f. LL hecticus f. Gk hektikos habitual f. hexis habit, assim. to F hectique or LL

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. 2. In a hectic condition; having hectic fever; consumptive; as, a hectic patient. Hectic fever (Med.), a fever of irritation and debility, occurring usually at a advanced stage of exhausting disease, as a in pulmonary consumption.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Hectic Hec"tic, n. 1. (Med.) Hectic fever. 2. A hectic flush. It is no living hue, but a strange hectic. --Byron.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

A hectic situation is one that is very busy and involves a lot of rushed activity. Despite his hectic work schedule, Benny has rarely suffered poor health... = busy ADJ

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Habitual (as the fever attending consumption), constitutional. 2. Feverish, hot, heated, fevered.

Moby Thesaurus

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