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preeclampsia

noun pre·eclamp·sia \ˌprē-i-ˈklam(p)-sē-ə\

medical : a serious condition that causes a pregnant women to develop very high blood pressure

Full Definition of PREECLAMPSIA

:  a serious condition developing in late pregnancy that is characterized by a sudden rise in blood pressure, excessive weight gain, generalized edema, proteinuria, severe headache, and visual disturbances and that may result in eclampsia if untreated
pre·eclamp·tic \-ˈklam(p)-tik\ adjective

Origin of PREECLAMPSIA

New Latin
First Known Use: 1923

preeclampsia

noun pre·eclamp·sia \ˌprē-i-ˈklam(p)-sē-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PREECLAMPSIA

:  a serious condition developing in late pregnancy that is characterized by a sudden rise in blood pressure, excessive weight gain, generalized edema, proteinuria, severe headache, and visual disturbances and that may result in eclampsia if untreated—compare eclampsia a, toxemia of pregnancy

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