septicemia

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noun sep·ti·ce·mia \ˌsep-tə-ˈsē-mē-ə\

Definition of septicemia

  1. :  invasion of the bloodstream by virulent microorganisms and especially bacteria along with their toxins from a local seat of infection accompanied especially by chills, fever, and prostration —called also blood poisoning — compare sepsis

septicemic

play \-ˈsē-mik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of septicemia

New Latin, from Latin septicus + New Latin -emia


First Known Use: circa 1860


SEPTICEMIA Defined for English Language Learners

septicemia

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noun sep·ti·ce·mia \ˌsep-tə-ˈsē-mē-ə\

Definition of septicemia for English Language Learners

  • medical : a dangerous infection of the blood


Medical Dictionary

septicemia

noun sep·ti·ce·mia
variants: or chiefly British

septicaemia

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Medical Definition of septicemia

  1. :  invasion of the bloodstream by virulent microorganisms (as bacteria, viruses, or fungi) from a focus of infection that is accompanied by acute systemic illness—called also blood poisoning; see pyemia; compare sepsis

septicemic

or chiefly British

septicaemic

\-ˈsē-mik\play adjective


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