childbed fever


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childbed fever

puer′peral fe′ver


n.
a bacterial infection of the endometrium occurring in women after childbirth or abortion, usu. as the result of unsterile obstetric practices.
[1760–70]
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Noun1.childbed fever - serious form of septicemia contracted by a woman during childbirth or abortion (usually attributable to unsanitary conditions); formerly widespread but now uncommon
blood poisoning, septicaemia, septicemia - invasion of the bloodstream by virulent microorganisms from a focus of infection
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Although he thought she had been poisoned by Elizabeth - more likely that she actually died of childbed fever - he became obsessed with the Queen's so-called 'curse', bringing in a sorcerer to rid his family of her tricks.
One of the doctors profiled in Doctors serves as the jumping-off point for The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis (2003).
After all, Ignaz Semmelweis' suggestion in 1847 that hand washing could dramatically reduce deaths from childbed fever was also seen as hooey by the medical establishment.