childbed fever

noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Once handwashing protocols were implemented in the Austrian hospital, the rates of women dying from childbed fever plummeted. Kelly Lambert, Scientific American, 4 Aug. 2020 Semmelweis got some things right, including his idea that something external caused childbed fever: the cause would turn out to be Streptococcus bacteria. Emily Sohn, Popular Mechanics, 2 Apr. 2020 Semmelweis noticed that deaths from childbed fever, also known as puerperal fever, were much less frequent in the ward supervised solely by midwives. Emily Sohn, Popular Mechanics, 2 Apr. 2020 No one could figure out why so many women and children were dying from puerperal fever—commonly known as childbed fever. Michael Harriot, The Root, 18 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1701, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of childbed fever was in 1701

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“Childbed fever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/childbed%20fever. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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childbed fever

noun

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