toxemia

noun

tox·​e·​mia täk-ˈsē-mē-ə How to pronounce toxemia (audio)
1
: an abnormal condition associated with the presence of toxic substances in the blood
2
toxemic adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Preeclampsia, also known as toxemia, is a pregnancy condition that can cause serious complications and is characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, most often the liver and kidneys. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 19 Jan. 2023 An otherwise healthy 28-year-old had died from toxemia poisoning caused by pre-eclampsia, a serious complication of pregnancy that went untreated. Erica L. Green, New York Times, 18 Jan. 2023 Preeclampsia, also known as toxemia, is a pregnancy condition that can cause serious complications and is characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, most often the liver and kidneys. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 22 July 2022

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

circa 1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of toxemia was circa 1860

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Cite this Entry

“Toxemia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toxemia. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

toxemia

noun
tox·​emia
täk-ˈsē-mē-ə
: an abnormal condition caused by toxic substances in the blood

Medical Definition

toxemia

noun
tox·​e·​mia
variants or chiefly British toxaemia
: an abnormal condition associated with the presence of toxic substances in the blood: as
a
: a generalized intoxication due to absorption and systemic dissemination of bacterial toxins from a focus of infection
b
: intoxication due to dissemination of toxic substances (as some by-products of protein metabolism) that cause functional or organic disturbances (as in the kidneys)
toxemic adjective
or chiefly British toxaemic
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