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fever

Pronunciation: fe'ver

Definition: A complex physiologic response to disease mediated by pyrogenic cytokines and characterized by a rise in core temperature, generation of acute phase reactants, and activation of immune systems.

Synonym(s): febris, pyrexia

[A.S. fefer]

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