toxic shock syndrome

noun
variants: or less commonly toxic shock
|Updated on: 20 May 2018

Definition of toxic shock syndrome

: an acute disease that is characterized by fever, diarrhea, nausea, diffuse erythema, and shock, that is associated especially with the presence of a bacterium (Staphylococcus aureus), and that occurs especially in menstruating females using tampons

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1978

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TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME Defined for English Language Learners

toxic shock syndrome

Definition of toxic shock syndrome for English Language Learners

  • medical : a serious illness that is caused by bacteria and occurs especially in women who use tampons


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toxic shock syndrome

noun

medical Definition of toxic shock syndrome

: an acute and sometimes fatal disease that is characterized by fever, nausea, diarrhea, diffuse erythema, and shock, that is associated especially with the presence of a bacterium of the genus Staphylococcus (S. aureus), and that occurs especially in menstruating females using tampons called also toxic shock

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