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[ih-klamp-see-uh] /ɪˈklæmp si ə/
noun, Pathology.
a form of toxemia of pregnancy, characterized by albuminuria, hypertension, and convulsions.
Origin of eclampsia
1855-60; < New Latin < Greek éklamps(is) sudden development (ek- ec- + lámp(ein) to shine + -sis -sis + -ia -ia
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eclamptic, adjective Unabridged
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(pathol) a toxic condition of unknown cause that sometimes develops in the last three months of pregnancy, characterized by high blood pressure, abnormal weight gain and convulsions Compare pre-eclampsia
another name for milk fever (in cattle)
Derived Forms
eclamptic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek eklampsis a shining forth, from eklampein, from lampein to shine
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eclampsia in Medicine

eclampsia ecl·amp·si·a (ĭ-klāmp'sē-ə)
Coma and convulsions during or immediately after pregnancy or parturition, characterized by edema, hypertension, and proteinuria.

e·clamp'tic (-tĭk) adj.
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