sep·sis | \ˈsep-səs \
plural sepses\ˈsep-ˌsēz \

Definition of sepsis 

: a toxic condition resulting from the spread of bacteria or their toxins from a focus of infection especially : septicemia

Examples of sepsis in a Sentence

She was treated for sepsis of the urinary tract.

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According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention, sepsis happens after a pre-existing infection such as pneumonia or urinary tract infection worsens and spreads into the bloodstream, which quickly circulates the bacteria throughout the body. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Things you should know about George H.W. Bush's infection, aka sepsis," 24 Apr. 2018 Given their prevalence and overall safety, there is unlikely to be an epidemic of women dying of sepsis in hospitals across the nation as there was pre-Roe. Jill Filipovic, Time, "America Will Lose More Than Abortion Rights If Roe v. Wade Is Overturned," 28 June 2018 Uncomplicated diverticulitis: If an attack occurs without sepsis, without free perforation or any other complication, it can usually be treated without surgery. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Diverticulitis can cause digestive problems for some," 7 June 2018 Without proper treatment, sepsis can progress into septic shock, a life-threatening condition. Jamie Ballard, Good Housekeeping, "This Father of Two Nearly Died of Sepsis Caused By Biting His Nails," 4 May 2018 Doctors say the teen has cellulitis sepsis, WWMT reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Woman says manager fired her over son’s hospitalization, manager no longer employed by company," 3 July 2018 In Pennsylvania, Geisinger Health System has streamlined the process of getting antibiotics to patients with sepsis. Karen Weintraub, STAT, "Sepsis is the third leading cause of death. Can a new blood test change that?," 3 July 2018 Right before Christmas 2017, my 86-year-old father and my dearest confidante (who held my hand every day in divorce court just months prior) unexpectedly developed sepsis and died. NBC News, "At a loss: How losing a loved one can help you take stock of what really matters," 17 June 2018 The corpse had evidence of sepsis and some parasites, but no trauma. David Doubilet, National Geographic, "How a Seal Pup Died With a Plastic Wrapper in Its Stomach," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of sepsis

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sepsis

New Latin, from Greek sēpsis decay, from sēpein to putrefy

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English Language Learners Definition of sepsis

medical : illness caused by an infection in a part of the body


sep·sis | \ˈsep-səs \
plural sepses\ˈsep-ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of sepsis 

: a systemic response typically to a serious usually localized infection (as of the abdomen or lungs) especially of bacterial origin that is usually marked by abnormal body temperature and white blood cell count, tachycardia, and tachypnea specifically : systemic inflammatory response syndrome induced by a documented infection — see multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, septic shock

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