preeclampsia

noun

pre·​eclamp·​sia ˌprē-i-ˈklam(p)-sē-ə How to pronounce preeclampsia (audio)
: a serious condition developing in late pregnancy that is characterized by a sudden rise in blood pressure, excessive weight gain, generalized edema, proteinuria, severe headache, and visual disturbances and that may result in eclampsia if untreated
preeclamptic adjective

Examples of preeclampsia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People with obesity are more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes and other conditions such as preeclampsia that can prompt early delivery. Jen Christensen, CNN, 2 Feb. 2024 While obesity itself doesn't cause early births, there are complications associated with obesity, like preeclampsia, that can. Sara Moniuszko, CBS News, 31 Jan. 2024 The fetal death certificate listed Channing’s causes of death as chorioamnionitis and maternal preeclampsia. Amy Brittain, Washington Post, 26 Dec. 2023 Those at high risk of preeclampsia may have a history of the disorder, pregnancy with multiples, chronic hypertension, or diabetes. Nicole Harris, Parents, 28 Sep. 2023 Incorporating calcium supplements during pregnancy can help decrease the risk of preeclampsia, aka high blood pressure. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 26 Dec. 2023 Naomi Puckett was diagnosed with preeclampsia — a condition with high blood pressure — and chorioamnionitis, indicating an infection within her uterus. Amy Brittain, Washington Post, 26 Dec. 2023 One, Nicole Blackmon, began to show warning signs of preeclampsia, and delivered a stillborn baby in the seven month of pregnancy. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 12 Sep. 2023 According to Minhas, women who are at high risk for preeclampsia are typically advised to take daily low-dose aspirin throughout their pregnancy. Kaitlin Sullivan, Health, 17 July 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preeclampsia was in 1923

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“Preeclampsia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preeclampsia. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

preeclampsia

noun
pre·​eclamp·​sia ˌprē-i-ˈklam(p)-sē-ə How to pronounce preeclampsia (audio)
: a serious condition developing in late pregnancy that is characterized by a sudden rise in blood pressure, excessive weight gain, generalized edema, proteinuria, severe headache, and visual disturbances and that may result in eclampsia if untreated compare eclampsia sense a, toxemia of pregnancy

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