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toxemia

or tox·ae·mi·a

[tok-see-mee-uh]
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noun Pathology.
  1. blood poisoning resulting from the presence of toxins, as bacterial toxins, in the blood.
  2. toxemia of pregnancy.
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Origin of toxemia

First recorded in 1855–60; tox- + -emia
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Historical Examples

  • The convulsions may come on altogether unexpectedly, but commonly the attack begins with symptoms of toxaemia.

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  • Nothing that so drives out the littlenesses that poison his life and set up the toxaemia of selfishness.

  • The causes of sleeplessness are very numerous, but in the majority of acute cases the sleeplessness is due to a state of toxaemia.


British Dictionary definitions for toxaemia

toxaemia

US toxemia

noun
  1. a condition characterized by the presence of bacterial toxins in the blood
  2. the condition in pregnancy of pre-eclampsia or eclampsia
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Derived Formstoxaemic or US toxemic, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from tox- + -aemia
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Word Origin and History for toxaemia

toxemia

n.

also toxaemia, 1860, from toxo- (before vowels tox-, comb. form of Greek toxon (see toxic) + Greek haima "blood" (see -emia).

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toxaemia in Medicine

toxemia

(tŏk-sēmē-ə)
n.
  1. A condition in which the blood contains bacterial toxins disseminated from a local source of infection or metabolic toxins resulting from organ failure or other disease.blood poisoning
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Related formstox•emic (-mĭk) adj.
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toxaemia in Science

toxemia

[tŏk-sēmē-ə]
  1. A condition in which the blood contains bacterial toxins disseminated from a local source of infection or metabolic toxins resulting from organ failure or other disease. Also called blood poisoning
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