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
Medical Definition of eclampsia
: a convulsive state : an attack of convulsions: asa: convulsions or coma late in pregnancy in an individual affected with preeclampsia—compare toxemia of pregnancyb: a condition comparable to milk fever of cows occurring in domestic animals (as dogs and cats)
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