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eclampsia

[ih-klamp-see-uh]
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noun Pathology.
  1. a form of toxemia of pregnancy, characterized by albuminuria, hypertension, and convulsions.
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Origin of eclampsia

1855–60; < New Latin < Greek éklamps(is) sudden development (ek- ec- + lámp(ein) to shine + -sis -sis + -ia -ia
Related formsec·lamp·tic, adjective
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eclampsia

noun
  1. 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
  2. another name for milk fever (in cattle)
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Derived Formseclamptic, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from Greek eklampsis a shining forth, from eklampein, from lampein to shine
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eclampsia in Medicine

eclampsia

(ĭ-klămpsē-ə)
n.
  1. Coma or convulsions in a patient with preeclampsia, occurring in late pregnancy, during labor, or within 24 hours after parturition.
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Related formse•clamptic (-tĭk) adj.
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