puerperal fever


puerperal fever

noun

Definition of PUERPERAL FEVER

:  an abnormal condition that results from infection of the placental site following delivery or abortion and is characterized in mild form by fever but in serious cases the infection may spread through the uterine wall or pass into the bloodstream —called also childbed fever, puerperal sepsis

First Known Use of PUERPERAL FEVER

1768

puerperal fever

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PUERPERAL FEVER

: an abnormal condition that results from infection (as by streptococci) of the placental site following delivery or abortion and is characterized in mild form by fever of not over 100.4°F (38.0°C) but may progress to a localized endometritis or spread through the uterine wall and develop into peritonitis or pass into the bloodstream and produce sepsis—called also childbed fever, puerperal sepsis

puerperal fever

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Infection of the female reproductive system after childbirth or abortion, with fever over 100 °F (38 °C) in the first 10 days. The inner surface of the uterus is most often infected, but lacerations of any part of the genital tract can give bacteria (often Streptococcus pyogenes) access to the bloodstream and lymphatic system to cause septicemia, cellulitis (cellular inflammation), and pelvic or generalized peritonitis. Severity varies. Puerperal fever has become very rare in developed countries but is still seen after abortions performed in unhygienic surroundings.

Variants of PUERPERAL FEVER

puerperal fever or childbed fever

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