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 preeclampsia (audio) \ adjective

Examples of preeclampsia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Doctors said there is a lack of patient education about potential complications, which can include preeclampsia, hemorrhage and infection. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, 24 May 2021 Black women are nearly twice as likely as white women to have chronic hypertension, anemia, and severe preeclampsia and significantly more likely to have a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, which is considered obese. Deb Gordon, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Women who experience preeclampsia while pregnant are at least three times more likely to have strokes later in life than women who do not have a history of this condition, according to a news release from the University of Utah Health in late April. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 May 2021 Of those 11 women, four had severe preeclampsia, five had respiratory failure before the birth, and two died within a week of delivery after being admitted to the ICU. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 22 Apr. 2021 Eclampsia is a severe complication of preeclampsia that causes seizures. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 22 Apr. 2021 After her third pregnancy, Monica suffered from preeclampsia and lost her life. Simon Mainwaring, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Black women were also more likely than women of other races to experience a more severe preeclampsia diagnosis. Nikesha Elise Williams, SELF, 10 Mar. 2021 What followed was anything but routine: Felix was diagnosed with a very severe case of preeclampsia that threatened the lives of her and her baby. Erin Delmore, NBC News, 25 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of preeclampsia was in 1923

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28 May 2021

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“Preeclampsia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preeclampsia. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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