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eclampsia

noun eclamp·sia \i-ˈklam(p)-sē-ə\

Definition of ECLAMPSIA

:  a convulsive state; especially :  an attack of convulsions during pregnancy or parturition
eclamp·tic \-ˈklam(p)-tik\ adjective

Origin of ECLAMPSIA

New Latin, from Greek eklampsis sudden flashing, from eklampein to shine forth, from ex- out + lampein to shine
First Known Use: circa 1860

eclampsia

noun ec·lamp·sia \i-ˈklam(p)-sē-ə, e-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ECLAMPSIA

:  a convulsive state :  an attack of convulsions: as a :  convulsions or coma late in pregnancy in an individual affected with preeclampsia—compare toxemia of pregnancy b :  a condition comparable to milk fever of cows occurring in domestic animals (as dogs and cats)
ec·lamp·tic \i-ˈklam(p)-tik, e-\ adjective

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