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noun Pathology.
a systemic bacterial infection of the endometrium characterized by fever, rapid heartbeat, uterine tenderness, and malodorous discharge, chiefly occurring in women after childbirth, usually as the result of unsterile obstetric procedures.
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Origin of puerperal fever

First recorded in 1760–70
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puerperal fever

noun
a serious, formerly widespread, form of blood poisoning caused by infection contracted during childbirth
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