septic shock

noun

Definition of septic shock

: a severe form of sepsis that is associated with profound, life-threatening circulatory, cellular, and metabolic abnormalities, that is marked especially by increased capillary permeability and vasodilation resulting in persistent, dangerously low blood pressure and reduced blood flow despite fluid administration, and that leads to multiple organ failure By many estimates, sepsis—and its most severe form, septic shock—is the leading cause of death for intensive care patients in the U.S. and the 10th most common cause of death for everyone else in the country.— Maryn McKenna

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Recent Examples on the Web Days later, he was intubated after going through septic shock from contracting a superbug, and later died, his wife Dr. Diala Jaber said from the couple's home in Northport, New York. NBC News, "Pfizer vaccine nears authorization for use," 12 Dec. 2020 In November, my wife spent three weeks in the hospital when pneumonia turned into septic shock. Washington Post, "I’m a working dad. I’ve never spent so much time with my kids, and it’s wonderful.," 22 Dec. 2020 As the pandemic raged in March, some Covid-19 patients in Milan were going into septic shock and their blood pressure was perilously low. New York Times, "Critical to Vaccines, Cold Storage Is Wall Street’s Shiny New Thing," 15 Dec. 2020 Days later, he was intubated after going through septic shock from contracting a superbug, and later died, his wife Dr. Diala Jaber said from the couple's home in Northport, New York. NBC News, "Pfizer vaccine nears authorization for use," 12 Dec. 2020 Days later, he was intubated after going through septic shock from contracting a superbug, and later died, his wife Dr. Diala Jaber said from the couple's home in Northport, New York. NBC News, "Pfizer vaccine nears authorization for use," 12 Dec. 2020 The gruesome injury was followed by a brutal cascade of events that included infections, septic shock and 17 surgeries, some of which left his leg unrecognizable. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "NFL doctor offers perspective on Alex Smith’s ‘once-in-a-generation’ comeback," 11 Dec. 2020 Days later, he was intubated after going through septic shock from contracting a superbug, and later died, his wife Dr. Diala Jaber said from the couple's home in Northport, New York. NBC news, "Bassam Saba, prominent figure in Arabic music, dies from Covid complications," 4 Dec. 2020 The coronavirus has caused wide-ranging complications in patients, from blood clots and cardiovascular problems to septic shock and severe respiratory distress. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, "Daily aspirin use could lower coronavirus death risk, University of Maryland medical school study finds," 23 Oct. 2020

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1906, in the meaning defined above

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“Septic shock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/septic%20shock. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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septic shock

noun

Medical Definition of septic shock

: a severe form of sepsis that is associated with profound, life-threatening circulatory, cellular, and metabolic abnormalities, is marked especially by increased capillary permeability and vasodilation resulting in persistent, dangerously low blood and reduced blood flow pressure despite fluid administration, and that leads to multiple organ failure

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