hectic

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hectic

1. associated with, peculiar to, or symptomatic of tuberculosis (esp in the phrases hectic fever, hectic flush)
2. a hectic fever or flush
3. Rare a person who is consumptive or who experiences a hectic fever or flush
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His flushed face reminded me of the more beautiful kind of consumptive--that hectic beauty of which we used to hear so much.
Because the Romans did in these instances what all prudent princes ought to do, who have to regard not only present troubles, but also future ones, for which they must prepare with every energy, because, when foreseen, it is easy to remedy them; but if you wait until they approach, the medicine is no longer in time because the malady has become incurable; for it happens in this, as the physicians say it happens in hectic fever, that in the beginning of the malady it is easy to cure but difficult to detect, but in the course of time, not having been either detected or treated in the beginning, it becomes easy to detect but difficult to cure.
It used to rend my heart to see her, so hollow were her cheeks becoming, so sunken her eyes, so hectic her face.