puerperal fever

noun

Definition of puerperal fever

  1. :  an abnormal condition that results from infection of the placental site following delivery or abortion and is characterized in mild form by fever but in serious cases the infection may spread through the uterine wall or pass into the bloodstream —called also childbed fever, puerperal sepsis

First Known Use of puerperal fever

1716


Medical Dictionary

puerperal fever

noun

Medical Definition of puerperal fever

  1. :  an abnormal condition that results from infection (as by streptococci) of the placental site following delivery or abortion and is characterized in mild form by fever of not over 100.4°F (38.0°C) but may progress to a localized endometritis or spread through the uterine wall and develop into peritonitis or pass into the bloodstream and produce sepsis—called also childbed fever, puerperal sepsis


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