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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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(ˌsɛp təˈsi mi ə)

the presence of pathogenic bacteria in the bloodstream.
sep`ti•ce′mic, adj.
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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
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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)
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n septicemia
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Epidemiological studies on occurrence of Hemorrhagic Septicemia in India.
Comment: While probiotics are generally considered safe, they have on rare occasions caused severe infections (septicemia: bacteremia from Lactobacillus strains or fungemia from Saccharomyces strains).
The disease occurs in acute, sub-acute and chronic forms and is characterized by an initial phase of temperature elevation, a phase of respiratory involvement and a terminal phase of septicemia and recumbency leading to death (De Alwis, 1999).
Septicemia plays a major role in morbidity and mortality of neonates.
He referred to the Iranian refugee who lost his life after suffering septicemia and then brain death in Australia, and said, "The bad respiratory conditions in Manus Island and the impacts of this region's sewage on people's living conditions made the Iranian national's health conditions grow critical and led to his septicemia."
BUNER -- The mobile Unit of the Livestock and Dairy Development was arranged one day field activity in village Barjokanay in the Union Council Gadezai to protect cattle against the seasonal disease of hemorrhagic septicemia. In charge District Mobile Veterinary Unit Dr Ahmed Khan along staff members vaccinated all of cattle and treated ill besides distribution of most essential medicines free among owners with basic education for cattle's care at home.
JOSH GIFFORD, who was admitted to hospital with septicemia nine days ago, has made a little progress but is not yet out of danger.
Abstract In an outbreak of hemorrhagic septicemia in buffalo calves in Pakistan, 31.48% mortality was recorded.
A deceased 10-year-old male ostrich was diagnosed with severe necrotizing enteritis and septicemia. The bird was inappetent for 3 weeks and had neurologic signs 2 days prior to death.
More hours of care provided by RNs are related to significantly fewer postoperative pulmonary complications, pneumonia, and septicemia among hospitalized children, according to researchers, who used administrative data from 1996-2001 to examine discharges of 3.65 million children in 286 general and children's hospitals in California.
vulnificus infection included necrotizing fasciitis (70%), severe cellulitis (7%), primary septicemia (14%), and gastroenteritis (7%).
Increase in National Hospital Discharge Survey Rates for Septicemia -- United States, 1979-1987