bacteremia

noun
bac·​ter·​emia | \ ˌbak-tə-ˈrē-mē-ə How to pronounce bacteremia (audio) \

Definition of bacteremia

: the presence of bacteria in the blood

Note: Bacteremia is often transient and asymptomatic but may be associated with invasion of the bloodstream from a usually localized source of infection (such as a skin wound, indwelling catheter, or urinary tract infection) and can lead to sepsis.

— compare septicemia, viremia

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Other Words from bacteremia

bacteremic \ ˌbak-​tə-​ˈrē-​mik How to pronounce bacteremia (audio) \ adjective

Examples of bacteremia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most common are a secondary bacterial pneumonia, or bacteremia (a rise of bacteria in the bloodstream), involving organisms such as Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae. David Pride, Scientific American, "Viruses Can Help Us as Well as Harm Us," 7 Dec. 2020 Twenty of the 34 patients did become infected, including 11 patients with Covid-19. Fourteen developed a form of pneumonia linked to the bacterial infection, four of whom also had bacteremia, a blood infection. NBC News, "New Jersey hospital faced superbug outbreak amid Covid surge," 1 Dec. 2020 The pneumococcal vaccine protects you from harmful bacteria that can cause serious infections throughout your body resulting in pneumonia (lung), meningitis (brain and spinal cord), or bacteremia (bloodstream). Courtney Schmidt, Health.com, "4 Vaccines You Should Consider if You (or a Loved One) Are Over 65," 14 Oct. 2020 Shortly after birth, the baby showed signs of respiratory distress, was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit, and was found to have a life-threatening blood infection—diagnosed as late-onset group B Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) bacteremia. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "CDC warns against eating placenta—in case you needed another reason," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of bacteremia

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bacteremia

New Latin, alteration of bacteriemia, from bacteri- + -emia

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“Bacteremia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bacteremia. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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bacteremia

noun
bac·​ter·​emia
variants: or chiefly British bacteraemia \ ˌbak-​tə-​ˈrē-​mē-​ə How to pronounce bacteremia (audio) \

Medical Definition of bacteremia

: the presence of bacteria in the blood

Note: Bacteremia is often transient and asymptomatic but may be associated with invasion of the bloodstream from a usually localized source of infection (as a skin wound, indwelling catheter, or urinary tract infection) and lead to sepsis.

— compare septicemia, viremia

Other Words from bacteremia

bacteremic or chiefly British bacteraemic \ -​mik How to pronounce bacteremia (audio) \ adjective

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