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Mar 3, 2015
This week’s theme
Words using only one of the vowels

This week’s words
parastatal
defervescence
imprimis

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defervescence

PRONUNCIATION:
(dee-fuhr-VES-uhns)

MEANING:
noun: The abatement of a fever.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin de- (away from) + fervere (to boil, to be hot). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bhreu- (to boil or to bubble), which is also the source of brew, bread, broth, braise, brood, breed, barmy, and perfervid. Earliest documented use: 1721.

USAGE:
“‘I don’t like these sudden drops. It’s false defervescence ...’ That same evening, Philippe’s temperature went back up.”
Andre Maurois; Climates; Other Press; 2012. (translation: Adriana Hunter)

See more usage examples of defervescence in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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