EpicentRx Word of the Week: Ague

Jan 2, 2024

“Doctor, doctor, gimme the news, I got a bad case of ague. No pill’s gonna cure my ill, I got a bad case of ague.”

ague noun (old-fashioned)


plural agues


aguish adjective


: a fit of fever or shivering that is usually caused by malaria.

Example sentences:

“The word ague being old-fashioned is an example of how medical terminology changes with time.”

“Like ague, another old-fashioned medical term is dropsy meaning swelling of soft tissues or edema.”


The lead EpicentRx small molecule, RRx-001 (nibrozetone), may prevent or reduce malarial ague.

About the Word:

Short for fievre ague from French or acute fever