toxic shock syndrome

noun
variants: or less commonly toxic shock

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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Recent Examples on the Web In some cases of MIS-C, resembling the bacterial overloads of toxic shock syndrome, youngsters arrive at the hospital with shock symptoms and organ failure. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, "Doctors Chase Treatment for Kids Threatened by Dangerous COVID-19 Syndrome," 1 Sep. 2020 Symptoms can vary, but sometimes resemble toxic shock syndrome or Kawasaki disease, another rare illness that can cause fever, inflammation of the blood vessels, lymph nodes and mucous membranes in children. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Pregnant Panda, Rim of the Pacific, virtual colleges: News from around our 50 states," 20 Aug. 2020 The symptoms are similar to toxic shock syndrome and Kawasaki disease, which cause inflammation in the walls of blood vessels. Faith Karimi, CNN, "What we know about coronavirus risks to school age children," 10 July 2020 Also on Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that 52 cases of the syndrome, which has symptoms that overlap with those of toxic shock syndrome and Kawasaki disease, had been reported in New York City and that 10 potential cases were being evaluated. New York Times, "Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: Latest Updates," 13 May 2020 The cases have in common overlapping features of toxic shock syndrome and atypical Kawasaki disease with blood parameters consistent with severe COVID-19 in children. Fox News, "First cases of possible coronavirus-linked inflammatory condition in children reported in Mississippi, Oregon," 15 May 2020 The illness mirrors many of the symptoms of toxic shock syndrome or Kawasaki disease, including severe inflammation of the coronary arteries. NBC News, "'Fewer graves if we reopen in waves': At-risk North Carolina man flies banner over anti-lockdown protest," 14 May 2020 The symptoms are similar to Kawasaki disease or toxic shock syndrome. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 11-12," 13 May 2020 A few days earlier, officials in the United Kingdom notified doctors of similar cases there, also describing them as having features similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome. Mark Hicar, The Conversation, "A mysterious illness is striking children amid the coronavirus pandemic – but is it Kawasaki disease?," 7 May 2020

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1978, in the meaning defined above

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“Toxic shock syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toxic%20shock%20syndrome. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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toxic shock syndrome

noun

English Language Learners Definition of toxic shock syndrome

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

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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