Pathology. a form of toxemia of pregnancy, characterized by hypertension, fluid retention, and albuminuria, sometimes progressing to eclampsia.
Origin of preeclampsia
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A disorder occurring during late pregnancy or immediately following parturition, characterized by hypertension, edema, and proteinuria. toxemia of pregnancy
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