Occurring every fourth day, counting inclusively, or every 72 hours. Used of a fever.
A malarial fever recurring every 72 hours.
[Middle English quartaine, from Old French, from Latin quārtāna, from quārtānus, of the fourth, from quārtus, fourth; see kwetwer- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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