noun \ˌsep-tə-ˈsē-mē-ə\

medical : a dangerous infection of the blood

Full Definition of SEPTICEMIA

:  invasion of the bloodstream by virulent microorganisms and especially bacteria along with their toxins from a local seat of infection accompanied especially by chills, fever, and prostration —called also blood poisoning — compare sepsis
sep·ti·ce·mic \-ˈsē-mik\ adjective


New Latin, from Latin septicus + New Latin -emia
First Known Use: circa 1860

Rhymes with SEPTICEMIA


noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SEPTICEMIA

: invasion of the bloodstream by virulent microorganisms (as bacteria, viruses, or fungi) from a focus of infection that is accompanied by acute systemic illness—called also blood poisoning; see pyemia; compare sepsis
sep·ti·ce·mic or chiefly British sep·ti·cae·mic \-ˈsē-mik\ adjective

Variants of SEPTICEMIA

sep·ti·ce·mia or chiefly British sep·ti·cae·mia \ˌsep-tə-ˈsē-mē-ə\


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Invasion of the bloodstream, after surgery or infectious disease, by microorganisms—typically gram-negative (see gram stain) bacteria—and the toxins they release. The latter trigger immune responses and widespread coagulation in blood vessels. High fever, chills, weakness, and sweating are followed by a drop in blood pressure. Multiple infections are often present, requiring broad-spectrum antibiotics as well as drainage of foci of infection. Without immediate treatment, septic shock follows, with a mortality rate over 50%. Invasive technology and antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals have made septicemia more severe and more common. See also bacteremia.

Variants of SEPTICEMIA

septicemia or blood poisoning


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