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Systemic infection of the blood by pathogenic microorganisms, especially bacteria, that originate from a localized source. Also called blood poisoning.

sep′ti·ce′mic (-mĭk) adj.


(ˌsɛp təˈsi mi ə)

the presence of pathogenic bacteria in the bloodstream.
sep`ti•ce′mic, adj.

septicemia, septicaemia

blood poisoning caused by pathogenic microorganisms and their toxic products in the bloodstream. — septicemic, septicaemic, adj.
See also: Poison
blood poisoning caused by pathogenic microorganisms and their toxic products in the bloodstream. — septicemic,septicaemic, adj.
See also: Blood and Blood Vessels
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.septicemia - invasion of the bloodstream by virulent microorganisms from a focus of infection
sepsis - the presence of pus-forming bacteria or their toxins in the blood or tissues
blood disease, blood disorder - a disease or disorder of the blood
childbed fever, puerperal fever - serious form of septicemia contracted by a woman during childbirth or abortion (usually attributable to unsanitary conditions); formerly widespread but now uncommon
pyaemia, pyemia - septicemia caused by pus-forming bacteria being released from an abscess
toxaemia, toxemia - blood poisoning caused by bacterial toxic substances in the blood
fowl cholera - an acute diarrheal disease (especially of chickens) caused by the microorganism that causes hemorrhagic septicemia
shipping fever, shipping pneumonia - a deadly form of septicemia in cattle and sheep; involves high fever and pneumonia; contracted under conditions of exposure or exhaustion (as often happens when the animals are shipped to market)


n septicemia
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The aim of this study was identifying and detecting virulent Aeromonas hydrophila, which caused bacterial hemorrhagic septicemia in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) farms in Mugla-Fethiye region by using PCR amplification of virulence- related genes.
Aeromonas hydrophila is a gram negative, an opportunistic and zoonatically important primary fish pathogen which is the causative agent of bacterial hemorrhagic septicemia (motile aeromonad septicemia) (Austin and Austin, 1999; Chu and Lu, 2005).