or pre-e·clamp·si·a

[ pree-i-klamp-see-uh ]
/ ˌpri ɪˈklæmp si ə /
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Pathology. a form of toxemia of pregnancy, characterized by hypertension, fluid retention, and albuminuria, sometimes progressing to eclampsia.



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Origin of preeclampsia

First recorded in 1920–25; pre- + eclampsia
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British Dictionary definitions for preeclampsia

/ (ˌpriːɪˈklæmpsɪə) /


pathol a toxic condition of pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure, protein in the urine, abnormal weight gain, and oedemaCompare eclampsia
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Medical definitions for preeclampsia

[ prē′ĭ-klămpsē-ə ]


A disorder occurring during late pregnancy or immediately following parturition, characterized by hypertension, edema, and proteinuria. toxemia of pregnancy

Other words from preeclampsia

pre′e•clamptic (-tĭk) adj.
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