eclamp·​sia | \ i-ˈklam(p)-sē-ə How to pronounce eclampsia (audio) \

Definition of eclampsia

: a convulsive state especially : an attack of convulsions during pregnancy or childbirth

Other Words from eclampsia

eclamptic \ i-​ˈklam(p)-​tik How to pronounce eclampsia (audio) \ adjective

Examples of eclampsia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Adolescent mothers reportedly face higher risks of eclampsia, puerperal endometritis, and systemic infections than older women, and babies of adolescent mothers face higher risks of low birth weight, preterm delivery and severe neonatal conditions. Vanessa Etienne,, 22 July 2022 Kristen had pre-eclampsia and needed to be admitted to the hospital for monitoring. Laura Crimaldi,, 18 June 2022 Women who were turned away reported more life-threatening complications like eclampsia and postpartum hemorrhage. Devi Shastri, Journal Sentinel, 3 June 2022 Stress has also caused pre-eclampsia, a complication of elevated blood pressure that can be lethal. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2022 After running several tests, she was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome, a life-threatening pregnancy complication associated with pre-eclampsia. NBC News, 11 Feb. 2022 Those emergencies can include induction, emergency C-section, hemorrhaging after birth, eclampsia, placental abruption, or the immediate need of a large medical team in a way that was unknown prior to labor or delivery. Claire Gillespie,, 10 Nov. 2021 Felix delivered Camryn at 32 weeks after an emergency C-section due to severe pre-eclampsia in November 2018. Alyssa Hertel, USA TODAY, 23 July 2021 After learning that pre-eclampsia is 60% more common in Black women than white women, Felix decided to share her experience publicly. Alyssa Hertel, USA TODAY, 23 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of eclampsia

circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eclampsia

borrowed from New Latin, from Greek éklampsis "violent onset, sudden development" (from eklámpein "to shine out, burst forth violently"—from ek- ec- + lámpein "to give light, shine"— + -sis -sis) + New Latin -ia -ia entry 1 — more at lamp

Note: In reference to a complication of pregnancy, short for New Latin eclampsia parturientium "convulsions of those giving birth."

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ec·​lamp·​sia | \ i-ˈklam(p)-sē-ə, e- How to pronounce eclampsia (audio) \

Medical Definition of eclampsia

: a convulsive state : an attack of convulsions: as
a : convulsions or coma late in pregnancy in an individual affected with preeclampsia — compare toxemia of pregnancy
b : a condition comparable to milk fever of cows occurring in domestic animals (as dogs and cats)

Other Words from eclampsia

eclamptic \ i-​ˈklam(p)-​tik, e-​ How to pronounce eclampsia (audio) \ adjective

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