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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj quartan occurring every fourth day (especially the fever and weakness of malaria) "quartan malaria"
    • n quartan a malarial fever that recurs every fourth day
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Quartan A measure, the fourth part of some other measure.
    • Quartan (Med) An intermittent fever which returns every fourth day, reckoning inclusively, that is, one in which the interval between paroxysms is two days.
    • a Quartan Of or pertaining to the fourth; occurring every fourth day, reckoning inclusively; as, a quartan ague, or fever.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • quartan Having to do with the fourth; especially, occurring every fourth day: as, a quartan ague or fever (one which recurs on the fourth day—that is, after three days).
    • n quartan An intermitting ague that occurs every fourth day, both days of consecutive occurrence being counted, as on Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday, Tuesday, etc.
    • n quartan A measure containing the fourth part of some other measure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Quartan kwor′tan occurring every fourth day, as a fever or ague
    • n Quartan an ague of this character
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. quartain, in fièvre quartaine, L. quartanus, fr. quartus, the fourth. See Quart


In literature:

I cured last year a quartan ague: how?
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
May the quartan fever shake that tormentor of a tailor!
"The Middle Class Gentleman" by Moliere
In fixing this date he knew that Bayard was ill at the time with a quartan fever.
"Bayard: The Good Knight Without Fear And Without Reproach" by Christopher Hare
Frederick was suffering from a quartan fever.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XII." by Arthur Mee
But what more regular than a tertian or quartan fever?
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
Being now freed from his quartan ague, and his strength being again restored, he preached with more vigour and vehemence than ever.
"The Works of John Dryden, Volume XVI. (of 18)" by John Dryden
On the other hand while 'meridian' and 'quartan' are French, 'publican', 'veteran', and 'oppidan' are Latin.
"Society for Pure English Tract 4" by John Sargeaunt
Hence quartan agues are formed in those of this temperament, as explained in Section XXXII.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
He differentiates two kinds of quartan fever.
"Old-Time Makers of Medicine" by James J. Walsh
She is pining away under a quartan ague.
"The Little Clay Cart" by (Attributed To) King Shudraka
He had been unwell for some days with quartan fever, and tried bleeding, but it did him no good.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
In Spring 1761, what Agues we had were mostly Tertian, some Quotidian, and but two or three of the Quartan Kind.
"An Account of the Diseases which were most frequent in the British military hospitals in Germany" by Donald Monro
Don Carlos had also fallen sick of the quartan fever, some time before the arrival of the queen in Spain.
"The History of the Inquisition of Spain from the Time of its Establishment to the Reign of Ferdinand VII." by Juan Antonio Llorente
I cured last year a quartan ague: how?
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
In a Quartan I direct one Ounce and a half, to be taken in the same Manner.
"Advice to the people in general, with regard to their health" by Samuel Auguste David Tissot
Quartan agues kill old men and cure young.
"Curiosities of Medical Experience" by J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
It has been remarked by several writers that quartan attacks have a smaller ratio in the Southern States than in other parts of the Union.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
About the beginning of September, I was so afflicted with a quartan ague, that I could by no means get rid of it till the December following.
"The Diary of John Evelyn (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Evelyn

In news:

AGUE, tertian fever, quartan fever, paludism.