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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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sep•ti•ce•mi•a(ˌsɛp təˈsi mi ə)
the presence of pathogenic bacteria in the bloodstream.
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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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|Noun||1.||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
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
fowl cholera - an acute diarrheal disease (especially of chickens) caused by the microorganism that causes hemorrhagic septicemia
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