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
Words nearby puerperal fever
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British Dictionary definitions for puerperal fever
a serious, formerly widespread, form of blood poisoning caused by infection contracted during childbirth
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Medical definitions for puerperal fever
An illness caused by infection of the endometrium following childbirth or an abortion, marked by fever and septicemia and usually caused by unsterile technique.childbed fever
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