or pre-e·clamp·si·a



Pathology. a form of toxemia of pregnancy, characterized by hypertension, fluid retention, and albuminuria, sometimes progressing to eclampsia.

Origin of preeclampsia

First recorded in 1920–25; pre- + eclampsia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pre-eclampsia



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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Word Origin and History for pre-eclampsia

also preeclampsia, 1903, from pre- + eclampsia, from Greek eklampsis "a shining forth," from ek- "out" (see ex-) + lampein "to shine" (see lamp). Related: Pre-eclamptic (1896).

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pre-eclampsia in Medicine




A disorder occurring during late pregnancy or immediately following parturition, characterized by hypertension, edema, and proteinuria. toxemia of pregnancy
Related formspre′e•clamptic (-tĭk) adj.
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