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or septicaemia

[sep-tuh-see-mee-uh] /ˌsɛp təˈsi mi ə/
noun, Pathology.
the invasion and persistence of pathogenic bacteria in the blood-stream.
Origin of septicemia
From New Latin, dating back to 1865-70; See origin at septic, -emia
Related forms
septicemic, septicaemic, adjective Unabridged
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a condition caused by pus-forming microorganisms in the blood Nontechnical name blood poisoning See also bacteraemia, pyaemia
Derived Forms
septicaemic, (US) septicemic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek sēptik(os) septic + -aemia
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Word Origin and History for septicaemia



1857, Modern Latin septicæmia, from French septicoemi, coined irregularly by French physician Pierre-Adolphe Piorry (1794-1879) in 1837 from Greek septikos (see septic) + haima "blood" (see -emia).

Dr. Piorry, in a second communication, insists upon the fact, that in a great number of cases the decaying contents of the uterus, and the putrid infection of the blood from this source, constitute the so-called puerperal fever, and he thinks that the discussion in the Academy is only a fight about words, as the different speakers agree, without knowing it themselves, upon the nature of the disease. He proposes the name of septicemia, as best designating the sources of the disease, viz., from putrid infection from the uterus, and by the respiration of an atmosphere pregnant with septic particles. ... The admission of this septicemia explains the putrid accidents, as observed in men, the foetus, and wounded persons during a puerperal epidemic. [E. Noeggerath and A. Jacobi, "Contributions to Midwifery," New York, 1859]

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septicaemia in Medicine

septicemia sep·ti·ce·mi·a (sěp'tĭ-sē'mē-ə)
A systemic disease caused by the multiplication of microorganisms in the blood. Also called blood poisoning, septic fever.

sep'ti·ce'mic (-mĭk) adj.
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