sep·​ti·​ce·​mia | \ ˌsep-tə-ˈsē-mē-ə How to pronounce septicemia (audio) \

Definition of septicemia

: 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

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septicemic \ ˌsep-​tə-​ˈsē-​mik How to pronounce septicemic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of septicemia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers with the federal Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project found that sepsis, also called septicemia, cost $23.7 billion to treat in 2013. Derek Angus, STAT, "Current efforts to fight sepsis aren’t working. We need a bolder approach," 14 June 2018 Information released on causes of death shows notable jumps after August 2017 of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and septicemia, a blood infection caused by bacteria. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Data Suggests Hurricane Maria Death Toll Is Much Higher," 13 June 2018 According to the Minnesota Department of Health, one of the children was hospitalized with septicemia, a blood infection, and osteomyelitis, a bone infection, the FDA said. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Three pet products recalled over potential salmonella contamination," 11 Feb. 2018 But a much more serious and very rare strain of vibriosis, called Vibrio vulnificus, can cause wound infections or primary septicemia, a bloodstream infection characterized by blistering skin lesions and fever, the CDC reports. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Texas woman's death from eating raw oysters rare, not exactly flesh-eating bacteria," 9 Jan. 2018 Other members of the family include species that cause rabies and the fish disease viral hemorrhagic septicemia. Mark Johnson,, "The hunt for a future killer," 15 Dec. 2017 The two most common types of meningococcal infections are meningitis and septicemia. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "What is meningitis and how can I protect my child after 2 kids die at day care?," 13 Dec. 2017 Other illnesses such as lumpy skin disease and hemorrhagic septicemia have also been reported. Okech Francis,, "Crop-Eating Worms, Cattle Disease Add to South Sudan Anguish," 1 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of septicemia

circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for septicemia

New Latin, from Latin septicus + New Latin -emia

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English Language Learners Definition of septicemia

medical : a dangerous infection of the blood


variants: or chiefly British septicaemia \ ˌsep-​tə-​ˈsē-​mē-​ə How to pronounce septicaemia (audio) \

Medical Definition of septicemia

: 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

Other Words from septicemia

septicemic or chiefly British septicaemic \ -​ˈsē-​mik How to pronounce septicaemic (audio) \ adjective

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