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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.
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Adj.1.septicemic - characteristic of septicemia; "a septicemic temperature curve"
infected, septic - containing or resulting from disease-causing organisms; "a septic sore throat"; "a septic environment"; "septic sewage"
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pestis was initially passed from person to person--say, when an infected individual coughed on a healthy person--and most likely caused lung infections known as pneumonic plague or blood infections called septicemic plague, the researchers report in the Oct.
There are three types of plague: bubonic, septicemic and pneumonic.
Among 913 cases with documented primary clinical form, 744 (82%) were bubonic, 74 (8%) pneumonic, 87 (10%) septicemic, 6 (1%) pharyngeal, and 2 (<1%) gastrointestinal.
7) In healthy chickens, this experiment resulted in severe septicemic lesions.
It could range from a "simple three-day fever, to various pulmonary infections, to something resembling malaria, to a gastric infection, to rare but fatal septicemic blood poisoning or even cerebral infections (Small 1920, 16-24).
He was believed to be suffering from septicemic plague -- meaning the bacteria was spreading into his bloodstream -- and he is currently in critical condition.
Frequency and antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of bacterial pathogens isolated from septicemic patients in Makkah hospitals.
Case report: septicemic plague in a community hospital in California.
There are three types of the plague - bubonic, septicemic, and pneumonic.