[ ih-klamp-see-uh ]
/ ɪˈklæmp si ə /

noun Pathology.

a form of toxemia of pregnancy, characterized by albuminuria, hypertension, and convulsions.

Origin of eclampsia

1855–60; < New Latin < Greek éklamps(is) sudden development (ek- ec- + lámp(ein) to shine + -sis -sis + -ia -ia


ec·lamp·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for eclampsia

/ (ɪˈklæmpsɪə) /


pathol a toxic condition of unknown cause that sometimes develops in the last three months of pregnancy, characterized by high blood pressure, abnormal weight gain and convulsionsCompare pre-eclampsia
another name for milk fever (in cattle)

Derived forms of eclampsia

eclamptic, adjective

Word Origin for eclampsia

C19: from New Latin, from Greek eklampsis a shining forth, from eklampein, from lampein to shine
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Medical definitions for eclampsia

[ ĭ-klămpsē-ə ]


Coma or convulsions in a patient with preeclampsia, occurring in late pregnancy, during labor, or within 24 hours after parturition.

Other words from eclampsia

e•clamptic (-tĭk) adj.
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