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sepsis

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noun sep·sis \ˈsep-səs\

Simple Definition of sepsis

  • medical : illness caused by an infection in a part of the body

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sepsis

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sepses

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  1. :  a toxic condition resulting from the spread of bacteria or their toxins from a focus of infection; especially :  septicemia

Examples of sepsis in a sentence

  1. She was treated for sepsis of the urinary tract.



Origin and Etymology of sepsis

New Latin, from Greek sēpsis decay, from sēpein to putrefy


First Known Use: 1876

Rhymes with sepsis

skepsis


Medical Dictionary

sepsis

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noun sep·sis \ˈsep-səs\

Medical Definition of sepsis

plural

sepses

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  1. :  a systemic response typically to a serious usually localized infection (as of the abdomen or lungs) especially of bacterial origin that is usually marked by abnormal body temperature and white blood cell count, tachycardia, and tachypnea; specifically :  systemic inflammatory response syndrome induced by a documented infection—see multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, septic shock




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