preeclampsia

noun
pre·eclamp·sia | \ˌprē-i-ˈklam(p)-sē-ə \

Definition of preeclampsia 

: 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

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preeclamptic \ˌprē-i-ˈklam(p)-tik \ adjective

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According to USA Today, Brooks was trying to quickly fly from his home base in Texas back to Brandon, Mississippi, because his then-pregnant wife, Haley, was having an emergency induction due to high blood pressure and preeclampsia. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Soldier Stuck in Airport Watches Wife Give Birth to Daughter Over FaceTime: 'We Were All Cheering'," 10 May 2018 People sometimes have preeclampsia with no symptoms. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Health Issues That Can Cause Sensitivity to Light," 5 June 2018 Complications from the preeclampsia prevented Briana from seeing the quints until the day after delivery, which made for an even more emotional first meeting. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "After 2 Years of Infertility, These First-Time Parents Just Had Quintuplets," 16 May 2017 Those 25 biomarkers were selected from a panel of 63 that had been shown to be related to preterm birth or preeclampsia. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Blood tests to predict preterm birth risk raise excitement -- and questions," 7 June 2018 As many as 20 percent of all pregnancies include complications, Scientific American reports — ranging from restricted fetus growth or emergency Caesarean sections to issues with high blood pressure such as preeclampsia. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "You can inherit schizophrenia. But what happens during pregnancy is key, new study says," 28 May 2018 Research suggests that nearly 20 percent of pregnant women are prescribed bed rest each year, for diagnoses ranging from preeclampsia and preterm labor to simply being pregnant with multiples. Aileen Weintraub, Glamour, "My High-Risk Pregnancy Almost Plunged Me Into Financial Ruin," 11 May 2018 That can increase your risk for blood clots, miscarriage, and other pregnancy complications (such as preeclampsia). Korin Miller, SELF, "These Twins Both Had Miscarriages—and Now They're Pregnant Together," 2 Apr. 2018 Mount Sinai said in court papers that the patient’s life was in danger due to preeclampsia. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Two Women Spotlight Two Sides of Abortion Debate," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of preeclampsia

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for preeclampsia

New Latin

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preeclampsia

noun
pre·eclamp·sia | \ˌprē-i-ˈklam(p)-sē-ə \

Medical Definition of preeclampsia 

: 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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