PRONUNCIATION: (dee-fuhr-VES-uhns)

MEANING: noun: The abatement of a fever.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin de- (away from) + fervere (to boil, to be hot). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bhreu- (to boil or to bubble), which is also the source of brew, bread, broth, braise, brood, breed, barmy, and perfervid. Earliest documented use: 1721.


DETERVESCENCE - apply a surfactant and avoid the bubbles

DECERVESCENCE - emptying your glass of Dos Equis cerveza

DEFERVESCENE - reduce the emotional overlay in a confrontation