or pre-e·clamp·si·a

[ pree-i-klamp-see-uh ]

  1. 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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/ (ˌpriːɪˈklæmpsɪə) /

  1. pathol a toxic condition of pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure, protein in the urine, abnormal weight gain, and oedema: Compare eclampsia

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