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

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Other Words from preeclampsia

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

Examples of preeclampsia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eclampsia is diagnosed when a woman with severe preeclampsia starts to have seizures. 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 Cases include complications around childbirth such as postpartum hemorrhage, preeclampsia, and placental abruption. NBC News, "Gunmen attack Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan," 12 May 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 With the birth of their first daughter, Shawde, in 2007, YoLanda was diagnosed with preeclampsia, a severe blood pressure disorder that can lead to serious injury or even death. USA Today, "'Mommy went to heaven'," 31 July 2018 Those complications included gestational diabetes, premature rupture of membranes, and preeclampsia. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Don’t Panic: The comprehensive Ars Technica guide to the coronavirus [Updated 4/5]," 5 Apr. 2020 For now, doctors can follow high-risk patients closely and prescribe medication like aspirin that’s been shown to help prevent issues like preeclampsia. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, "What Was Going Wrong With My Pregnancy?," 24 Jan. 2020 There would be some hard moments to come: preeclampsia treatment, 22 days in the NICU. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, "What Was Going Wrong With My Pregnancy?," 24 Jan. 2020 Even life-threatening postpartum conditions like preeclampsia or blood clots are excluded under the program’s rules, though a woman might be able to get coverage under emergency Medicaid, Mann said. Nina Martin, ProPublica, "The Extraordinary Danger of Being Pregnant and Uninsured in Texas," 8 Dec. 2019

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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 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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