noun sep·sis \ˈsep-səs\

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

plural sep·ses \ˈsep-ˌsēz\

Full Definition of SEPSIS

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

Examples of SEPSIS

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

Origin of SEPSIS

New Latin, from Greek sēpsis decay, from sēpein to putrefy
First Known Use: 1876

Rhymes with SEPSIS

Medical Dictionary


noun sep·sis \ˈsep-səs\
plural sep·ses \ˈsep-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of SEPSIS

:  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


Next Word in the Dictionary: septPrevious Word in the Dictionary: SepsidaeAll Words Near: sepsis
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears