sepsis

noun
sep·​sis | \ ˈsep-səs How to pronounce sepsis (audio) \
plural sepses\ ˈsep-​ˌsēz How to pronounce sepses (audio) \

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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Colistin has been used successfully in similar neonatal sepsis cases, though. Ranjit Devraj, Quartz India, "Superbugs have returned to haunt India’s hospitals," 23 July 2019 Dahlkemper, 26, overcame a sepsis infection in her foot contracted at the end of 2016, just after earning her first cap with the national team. Vytas Mazeika, The Mercury News, "From Atherton prep school to Women’s World Cup, duo fulfills dreams," 27 June 2019 When Rosshart tried this, the lab mice survived—as expected—whereas the wildlings died of sepsis. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Could lab mice born to wild parents improve the search for human cures?," 1 Aug. 2019 In 2016, researchers at the University of San Francisco piloted a new system that uses AI to detect a deadly blood infection called sepsis. NBC News, "How hospitals are using AI to save their sickest patients and curb 'alarm fatigue'," 27 July 2019 The cause was sepsis, said his daughter Karen Crumlich. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Robert Friend, Tuskegee fighter pilot who led Air Force study on UFOs, dies at 99," 23 June 2019 Her son was diagnosed with sepsis, with signs and symptoms that include fever, high heart rate, confusion, pain and shortness of breath. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Mom saves son from possible deadly sepsis by recognizing this sign of infection," 13 June 2019 The cause was sepsis, said his daughter Karen Crumlich. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Robert Friend, Tuskegee fighter pilot who led Air Force study on UFOs, dies at 99," 23 June 2019 About 1 in 3 patients who die in a hospital have sepsis. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Wimbledon champ Ken Flach's widow speaks out on tennis great's sepsis death," 25 Sep. 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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The first known use of sepsis was in 1876

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sepsis

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sepsis

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

sepsis

noun
sep·​sis | \ ˈsep-səs How to pronounce sepsis (audio) \
plural sepses\ ˈsep-​ˌsēz How to pronounce sepses (audio) \

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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