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 eclamptic (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web In the United States, most maternal deaths linked to pre-eclampsia occur after delivery. Katherine Zoepf, New York Times, "‘I Could Have Died’: The Dangers of Postpartum Pre-eclampsia," 15 Apr. 2020 Preeclampsia severe enough to affect brain function and cause seizures or comas is called eclampsia. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "What is preeclampsia? And does it still kill women in the US?," 27 July 2018 The most effective way to treat pre-eclampsia is to deliver the baby and the placenta. New York Times, "5 Common Childbirth Complications," 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, "'Daunting and unsettling.' What it's like to give birth in the midst of a global pandemic," 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, "The US has the highest maternal death rate of any developed nation. California is trying to do something about that," 14 Apr. 2020 Among the leading causes of these deaths —high blood pressure, bleeding, infection, heart failure, blood clots, pre-eclampsia, and mental health conditions — only bleeding is obvious in its presentation. Adam Wolfberg, STAT, "It will take a village to solve the epidemic of maternal deaths in the U.S.," 5 Mar. 2020 Earlier research has shown a connection between pollution and health problems for pregnant women, such as hypertension and pre-eclampsia. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Exposure to pollution linked to 'silent miscarriages'," 14 Oct. 2019 Preeclampsia and eclampsia are part of the spectrum of high blood pressure disorders that can occur during pregnancy, according to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "What is preeclampsia? And does it still kill women in the US?," 27 July 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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8 Jun 2020

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“Eclampsia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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