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

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

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One day, the blood pressure of a woman with eclampsia was skyrocketing when the electricity shut off. Wendy Grossman Kantor,, "Doctor Brings 'Solar Suitcases' to 'Light Every Birth' in Hospitals Without Steady Electric," 1 Sep. 2019 Black mothers died most often from heart conditions and blood pressure complications like preeclampsia and eclampsia. Anna Claire Vollers |,, "Deaths from pregnancy and child birth are often preventable; Alabama finally starts to take notice," 9 June 2019 Athleta Felix gave birth to her daughter, Camryn, in November 2018 through emergency C-section at 32 weeks after suffering severe pre-eclampsia. Fortune, "Athleta Sponsors Its First Athlete, Allyson Felix," 31 July 2019 Otherwise, eclampsia can cause similar symptoms as preeclampsia. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "11 Health Conditions You Should Know About If You’re Black and Pregnant," 30 July 2019 Preeclampsia/eclampsia threatens mothers from all racial, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Anna Claire Vollers |,, "Black, poor and Southern: One of the deadliest demographics for pregnant women in America," 25 June 2019 West has been open about her pregnancy struggles, having suffered pre-eclampsia, a complication characterized by high blood pressure with both North and Saint. Chloe Melas, CNN, "Kim Kardashian shares photo of newborn son Psalm West," 10 June 2019 Johnson’s seizure was the result of postpartum eclampsia, a serious medical condition that can affect new mothers, which is typically indicated by high blood pressure when combined with other symptoms. Bob Miller,, "After childbirth nearly claimed her life, this Alabama mom wants to see more postpartum care," 9 June 2019 Some major pregnancy complications—pre-eclampsia, fetal growth restriction, even still births—are thought to be due to problems in the development of the placenta during the first trimester. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Researchers grow a placenta in a petri dish," 4 Dec. 2018

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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)

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

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