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Fever

Synonym(s)

  • hyperthermia
  • increased body temperature
  • pyrexia

Definition(s)

An abnormal elevation of body temperature, usually as a result of a pathologic process.

Definition from: MeSH via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

Abnormal high body temperature.

Definition from: Home Health Care Classification via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

The elevation of the body's temperature above the upper limit of normal, usually taken as 37.7 degrees C.

Definition from: NCI Thesaurus via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

Related discussion in the Handbook

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: August 18, 2014