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puerperal fever

noun, Pathology.
a systemic bacterial infection of the endometrium characterized by fever, rapid heartbeat, uterine tenderness, and malodorous discharge, chiefly occurring in women after childbirth, usually as the result of unsterile obstetric procedures.
Origin of puerperal fever
First recorded in 1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Alleged sudden and great decrease of mortality from puerperal fever.

    Medical Essays Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • It is doubtful whether this should be considered a case of puerperal fever.

    Medical Essays Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • The phenomena of puerperal fever originate in a vitiation of the fluids.

    A System of Midwifery

    Edward Rigby
  • The consequence was that he infected them, and puerperal fever was contracted.

    The Popes and Science James J. Walsh
  • It's puerperal fever, and Heaven knows what gave it to her, for I don't.

    Doctor Therne H. Rider Haggard
  • Pasteur's discovery of the microbial cause of puerperal fever has in itself enormously reduced the deaths of women in child-birth.

  • She recovered, but after the symptoms of puerperal fever passed away she had secondary abscesses of the lungs.

  • This case was very instructive, as it taught me that over certain cases of puerperal fever opium has absolute control.

  • Professor Schnlein also considers that the contagion of puerperal fever has the greatest similarity with hospital gangrene.

    A System of Midwifery

    Edward Rigby
  • The various forms of puerperal fever depend on this one cause, and may readily be deduced from it.

    A System of Midwifery

    Edward Rigby
British Dictionary definitions for puerperal fever

puerperal fever

a serious, formerly widespread, form of blood poisoning caused by infection contracted during childbirth
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puerperal fever in Medicine

puerperal fever n.
An illness caused by infection of the endometrium following childbirth or an abortion, marked by fever and septicemia and usually caused by unsterile technique. Also called childbed fever.

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