from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A fever, probably mildly septic in its nature, which sometimes occurs after receiving a wound, whether accidental or made during an operation: in the latter case also called surgical fever.


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  • We are disabled, and will be helpless as soon as the wound-fever sets in; and we may be sure that that will be to-night.

    Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia F. [Translator] Jordan

  • But, for a few days, we shall still remain together, for the wound-fever will compel us to advance very slowly.

    Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia F. [Translator] Jordan

  • With the earliest morrow, my father hastened to Narciss, whom he found lying very sick of a wound-fever.

    Confessions of a Fair Saint. Book VI 1917

  • Then the awful, maddening thought came to him: This must be the beginning of wound-fever.

    Banzai! by Parabellum Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff 1903

  • It was long ago noted by the chroniclers that the death-rate from wound-fever among the soldiers of a defeated army was apt to be much greater than among those of the victorious one, and this was quoted as one of the stock evidences of the influence of mind over body.

    Preventable Diseases Woods Hutchinson 1896

  • There was a solid basis of reason underlying even these extraordinary methods, viz., the "rule of thumb" observation, handed down from one generation to another, that wounds that discharged freely and "sweetly," while they were slow in healing and left disfiguring scars, usually did not give rise to serious or fatal attacks of blood-poison or wound-fever.

    Preventable Diseases Woods Hutchinson 1896

  • The fear of death is more parching than wound-fever or passion.

    Whosoever Shall Offend 1881

  • Can't you see how the country is still shivering with the wound-fever caused by the last war?

    Master Olof : a Drama in Five Acts August Strindberg 1880

  • Since the 30th April, I go almost daily to the hospitals, and, though I have suffered, -- for I had no idea before, how terrible gunshot-wounds and wound-fever are, -- yet I have taken pleasure, and great pleasure, in being with the men; there is scarcely one who is not moved by a noble spirit.

    Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Volume II Margaret Fuller 1830

  • For you are right; the wound-fever will set in toward evening, and without assistance we shall be lost. "

    Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia F. [Translator] Jordan


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