What is fever?


Fever (also known as pyrexia) is one of the most common medical signs and is characterized by an elevation of body temperature above the normal range of 36.5–37.5 °C (98–100 °F) due to an increase in the temperature regulatory set-point. This increase in set-point triggers increased muscle tone and shivering.

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Disease In Colonial America - Epidemic of Diseases - Yellow Fever
... Yellow Fever was a disease that caused thousands of deaths and many people to flee the afflicted areas ... It begins with a headache, backache, and fever making the patient extremely sick from the start, and gets its name from the yellow color of the skin, which develops in the third day of the illness ... Yellow Fever is transmitted by mosquitoes, when it bites an infected person it carries several thousand infective doses of the disease making it a carrier for life passing it from human to human ...
Deployment Cost–benefit Selection In Physiology - Fever
... benefit trade-off actuary issues apply to the antibacterial and antiviral effects of fever (increased body temperature) ... Fever has the future benefit of clearing infections since it reduces the replication of bacteria and viruses ... During sepsis, the resulting fever can raise BMR by 55%—and cause a 15% to 30% loss of body mass ...
List Of Mortal Engines Quartet Characters - Fever Crumb - Characters in Fever Crumb
... Fever Crumb The central character of the book, she is part human, part scriven mutant and descendant of Auric Godshawk ... Dr Crumb, Fever's adoptive father ... Wavey Godshawk Daughter of Auric Godshawk and Fever's mother, she is the last pure Scriven ...
Rhipicephalus Sanguineus - Medical Importance
... In dogs, symptoms of canine ehrlichiosis include lameness and fever those for babesiosis include fever, anorexia and anemia ... it is a vector of Rickettsia conorii, known locally as Mediterranean spotted fever, boutenneuse fever, or tick typhus ... sanguineus can also transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever in humans in the southwestern United States ...
Fever - In Other Animals
... Fever is an important feature for the diagnosis of disease in domestic animals ... For example, a horse is said to have a fever above 101.0 °F (38.3 °C) ...

More definitions of "fever":

  • (noun): Intense nervous anticipation.
    Example: "In a fever of resentment"

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