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.
baby feverRead more in this article about some frequently asked questions and fun facts related to our definitions.
Let Spring…Spring! Or Has It Already Sprung?Read more in this article about some frequently asked questions and fun facts related to our definitions.
- puerperal eclampsia,
- puerperal metritis,
- puerperal psychosis,
- puerperal septicemia,
- puerperal tetanus,
Origin of puerperal fever
First recorded in 1760–70
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
a serious, formerly widespread, form of blood poisoning caused by infection contracted during childbirth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.