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 The templates for my visits include questions about a lot of things — symptoms of labor or preeclampsia, milestones for growth and development. Alison Block, Washington Post, "I was adept at multitasking, at home and work. That might not be a good thing.," 8 Jan. 2020 Women with preexisting high blood pressure, for example, are more likely to develop preeclampsia, one of the most devastating complications of pregnancy. Nina Martin, ProPublica, "The Extraordinary Danger of Being Pregnant and Uninsured in Texas," 8 Dec. 2019 Untreated prenatal depression actually mirrors some of the same risks previously thought to be associated with taking meds for depression, such as preeclampsia, low birth weight, and preterm delivery. Glamour, "The Stigma of Being a Medicated Mom," 3 Dec. 2019 There was her high blood pressure, which developed into preeclampsia. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Mental Health in Black Moms Is Largely Ignored—5 Ways We Can Improve It," 30 Sep. 2019 In November 2018, Felix battled preeclampsia and underwent an emergency C-section at 32 weeks to deliver her daughter. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix just broke one of Usain Bolt's world records," 30 Sep. 2019 Landrum complained of swelling, headaches, and feeling ill, achy, and tired—all symptoms of preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication of threatening high blood pressure. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "Giving birth should not be a question of life or death for black women," 4 Oct. 2019 In pregnant women, hypoxia often leads to preeclampsia, which can endanger both mother and baby, as well as premature birth and low infant weights. Xing Liu, Science Magazine, "At 5100 meters elevation, a Peruvian gold mining town is the world’s highest settlement—and a good place to study how life at extremely low oxygen levels ravages the body.," 12 Sep. 2019 Byrom was admitted to Hopkins Bayview in October 2014 with severe preeclampsia, a condition of pregnancy that can cause complications for mothers and babies, such as seizures and premature birth. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore jury awards record $229 million for brain injury during child's birth at Johns Hopkins Bayview," 2 July 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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12 Jan 2020

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