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toxic shock syndrome

noun

medical : a serious illness that is caused by bacteria and occurs especially in women who use tampons

Full Definition of TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME

:  an acute disease that is characterized by fever, diarrhea, nausea, diffuse erythema, and shock, that is associated especially with the presence of a bacterium (Staphylococcus aureus), and that occurs especially in menstruating females using tampons —called also toxic shock

First Known Use of TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME

1978

toxic shock syndrome

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME

:  an acute and sometimes fatal disease that is characterized by fever, nausea, diarrhea, diffuse erythema, and shock, that is associated especially with the presence of a bacterium of the genus Staphylococcus (S. aureus), and that occurs especially in menstruating females using tampons—called also toxic shock

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