blood poisoning

noun Pathology.

invasion of the blood by toxic matter or microorganisms, characterized by chills, sweating, fever, and prostration; toxemia; septicemia; pyemia.

Origin of blood poisoning

First recorded in 1860–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for blood poisoning

pyemia, sepsis, septicemia, septicopyemia, toxaemia, toxemia

Examples from the Web for blood poisoning

Historical Examples of blood poisoning

  • Blood-poisoning has set in and it is rather important to us to get a confession.

    Whispering Smith

    Frank H. Spearman

  • I happened to have blood-poisoning, not scabies, and I have it still.

  • Blood-poisoning set in, and my father died in hospital last week.

    Margarita's Soul

    Ingraham Lovell

  • I am not the first man who has balked at amputation and got blood-poisoning.

    Frenzied Finance

    Thomas W. Lawson

  • It was quite cured eventually, but we were afraid of blood-poisoning.

    Southern Arabia

    Theodore Bent

British Dictionary definitions for blood poisoning

blood poisoning


a nontechnical term for septicaemia
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blood poisoning in Medicine

blood poisoning


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blood poisoning in Science

blood poisoning

See toxemia.
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