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The word ‘pyretic’ is used in the field of medicine to refer to a person’s abnormally high body temperature or something that brings that condition about. In other words - a fever. The term ‘antipyretic’, therefore, is anything that prevents or alleviates a fever, such as a particular type of medicine. However, ‘pyretic’ can also be used to describe a state of nervous excitement that can produce a physical reaction akin to a fever.
As the game neared its dramatic conclusion, the atmosphere in the crowd was pyretic. Everybody was perched anxiously on the edge of their seats.
The patient’s fever eventually broke and abated thanks to the combination of antipyretic drugs she was administered at the hospital.
Under the new regulations, anybody considered to be pyretic is to be kept isolated from others in case their symptoms are related to the virus.