preeclampsia

noun
pre·​eclamp·​sia | \ ˌprē-i-ˈklam(p)-sē-ə How to pronounce preeclampsia (audio) \

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

Other Words from preeclampsia

preeclamptic \ ˌprē-​i-​ˈklam(p)-​tik How to pronounce preeclampsia (audio) \ adjective

Examples of preeclampsia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Emergency medical conditions for pregnant patients may include ectopic pregnancy, complications of pregnancy loss, or emergent hypertensive disorders, such as preeclampsia with severe features, the guidance said. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, 11 July 2022 While urine tests are taken routinely during pregnancy to monitor for conditions like diabetes, dehydration or preeclampsia, women may not know that they can also be used to screen for drugs. Anne Branigin, Washington Post, 2 July 2022 Certain issues, such as ectopic pregnancy, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and hypertension, also put subsequent pregnancies at risk. Li Cohen, CBS News, 1 July 2022 Other medical conditions, like preeclampsia and even postpartum hemorrhages can also occur. Bydr. Chidimma J. Acholonu, ABC News, 17 May 2022 Today a woman goes to a doctor or midwife and is asked a series of questions to determine preeclampsia risk. Katie Jennings, Forbes, 17 May 2022 She was diagnosed with preeclampsia that left her needing an emergency C-section weeks before her due date. Essence, 13 Apr. 2022 Additionally, expectant mothers with a high BMI are at risk of developing gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, which is when a pregnant woman develops high blood pressure, protein in her urine and other serious symptoms. Megan Marples, CNN, 7 Feb. 2022 At 32 weeks pregnant, Felix was admitted to the hospital after being diagnosed with severe preeclampsia at a routine doctor's appointment. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preeclampsia. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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preeclampsia

noun
pre·​eclamp·​sia | \ ˌprē-i-ˈklam(p)-sē-ə How to pronounce preeclampsia (audio) \

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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