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remittent (adj.)

"temporarily abating, having remissions from time to time," 1690s, originally of fevers, from Latin remittentem (nominative remittens), present participle of remittere "slacken, abate" (see remit (v.)).

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Definitions of remittent from WordNet

remittent (adj.)
(of a disease) characterized by periods of diminished severity;
a remittent fever
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