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Pronunciation: chĭl


  1. A sensation of cold.
  2. A feeling of cold with shivering or shaking and pallor, accompanied by an elevation of temperature in the interior of the body; usually a symptom of an infectious disease due to the invasion of the blood by toxins.

Synonym(s): rigor2

[A.S. cele, cold]

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