fever

A fever happens when the body's internal temperature is higher than normal. If you have a sore throat, a headache, and a fever, you may have the flu.

When you have a fever, your skin may feel hot, and your temperature as measured by a thermometer will be high. A fever can also make you feel achy, tired, and chilly, and it can be a sign that you've got some kind of infection. The Old English is fefor, from a Latin root, febris, also "fever." Doctors and nurses sometimes refer to a fever as a "febrile response."

Primary Meanings of fever

1.
n
a rise in the temperature of the body; frequently a symptom of infection
2.
n
intense nervous anticipation
Full Definitions of fever
1

n a rise in the temperature of the body; frequently a symptom of infection

Synonyms:
febricity, febrility, feverishness, pyrexia
Types:
hyperpyrexia
extremely high fever (especially in children)
Type of:
symptom
(medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
2

n intense nervous anticipation

“in a fever of resentment”
Types:
buck fever
nervous excitement of an inexperienced hunter
gold fever
greed and the contagious excitement of a gold rush
Type of:
anticipation, expectancy
an expectation

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