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

Examples of eclampsia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the pregnant mother, iron deficiency means a greater risk of infection, pre-eclampsia and bleeding. Sharman Apt Russell, Scientific American, 20 May 2021 Beyonce endured pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy complication where a person experiences high blood pressure, protein in the urine, and body swelling. Janice Gassam Asare, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2021 In 2013, researchers tested a common hypertension drug to treat pre-eclampsia, a life-threatening pregnancy complication. Jyoti Madhusoodanan/undark, Popular Science, 2 Oct. 2020 In the United States, most maternal deaths linked to pre-eclampsia occur after delivery. Katherine Zoepf, New York Times, 15 Apr. 2020 Preeclampsia severe enough to affect brain function and cause seizures or comas is called eclampsia. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, 27 July 2018 The most effective way to treat pre-eclampsia is to deliver the baby and the placenta. New York Times, 18 Apr. 2020 Originally due in mid-April, Motley was admitted to the hospital in late March at 37 weeks pregnant after she was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, often characterized as high blood pressure. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, 17 Apr. 2020 Research suggests that rates of preeclampsia and eclampsia are about 60% higher for black women than for white women. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 14 Apr. 2020

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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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“Eclampsia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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 eclampsia (audio) \ adjective

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