- local or generalized invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms or their toxins: dental sepsis; wound sepsis.
Origin of sepsis
1855–60; < Greek sêpsis decay; compare sḗpein to make rotten
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Examples from the Web for sepsis
You have a festering wound in 90 degrees that, if it goes untreated, can lead to sepsis, and death.Haiti's Grisly Problem
January 19, 2010
And another (Sepsis cynipsea,) emits a fragrant odour of baum.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. II (of 4)
The immediate danger is from hemorrhage; the ultimate or remote danger is sepsis or blood poisoning.The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)
W. Grant Hague
Secondary amputations for sepsis or hæmorrhage were attended by fair results, but I can give no statistics.
How far the secondary rise depended on sepsis it was not always easy to determine.
The entrance of sepsis may prove an obstacle to any operative measure that would otherwise be indicated.
- the presence of pus-forming bacteria in the body
C19: via New Latin from Greek sēpsis a rotting; related to Greek sēpein to cause to decay
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Word Origin and History for sepsis
1876, "putrefaction," from Modern Latin sepsis, from Greek sepsis "putrefaction," from sepein "to rot," of unknown origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The presence of pathogenic organisms or their toxins in the blood or tissues.
- The poisoned condition resulting from the presence of pathogens or their toxins.
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- A severe infection caused by pathogenic organisms, especially bacteria, in the blood or tissues. If untreated, a localized infection, as in the respiratory or urinary tracts, can lead to infection in the bloodstream and widespread inflammation, characterized initially by fever, chills, and other symptoms and later by septic shock.
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