toxic shock syndrome

noun
variants: or less commonly toxic shock
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

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

First Known Use of toxic shock syndrome

1978


TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME Defined for English Language Learners

toxic shock syndrome

noun

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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