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hectic

Pronunciation: hek'tik

Definition: Denoting a daily afternoon rise of temperature, accompanied by a flush on the cheeks, occurring in active tuberculosis and other infections; use of the term is based on the appearance of the temperature chart.

[G. hektikos, habitual, hectic, consumptive, fr. hexis, habit]

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