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Meaning of HECTIC

Pronunciation:  'hektik

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  marked by intense agitation or emotion; "worked at a feverish pace"

HECTIC is a 6 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: agitated, feverish



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hec"tic\, a. [F. hectique, Gr. ? habitual, consumptive,
    fr. ? habit, a habit of body or mind, fr. ? to have; akin to
    Skr. sah to overpower, endure; cf. AS. sige, sigor, victory,
    G. sieg, Goth. sigis. Cf. {Scheme}.]
    1. Habitual; constitutional; pertaining especially to slow
       waste of animal tissue, as in consumption; as, a hectic
       type in disease; a hectic flush.
    2. In a hectic condition; having hectic fever; consumptive;
       as, a hectic patient.
    {Hectic fever} (Med.), a fever of irritation and debility,
       occurring usually at a advanced stage of exhausting
       disease, as a in pulmonary consumption.
  2. \Hec"tic\, n.
    1. (Med.) Hectic fever.
    2. A hectic flush.
             It is no living hue, but a strange hectic. --Byron.
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