hectic

Category: Body | Type: Glossary Word | Title: Mansfield Park (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter XLV

Wasting, and often used to describe the fever and flush that accompany consumption.

Shelley's "Ode to the West Wind" speaks of the autumnal leaves as a "hectic red," both brilliant and dying. The "hectic symptoms" of the last stage of consumption often deceived bedside observers into expecting a recovery.

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