[ sep-sis ]
/ ˈsɛp sɪs /

noun Pathology.

local or generalized invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms or their toxins: dental sepsis; wound sepsis.

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Origin of sepsis

1855–60; < Greek sêpsis decay; compare sḗpein to make rotten Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sepsis

/ (ˈsɛpsɪs) /


the presence of pus-forming bacteria in the body

Word Origin for sepsis

C19: via New Latin from Greek sēpsis a rotting; related to Greek sēpein to cause to decay
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Medicine definitions for sepsis

[ sĕpsĭs ]

n. pl. sep•ses (-sēz)

The presence of pathogenic organisms or their toxins in the blood or tissues.
The poisoned condition resulting from the presence of pathogens or their toxins.
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Science definitions for sepsis

[ sĕpsĭs ]

A severe infection caused by pathogenic organisms, especially bacteria, in the blood or tissues. If untreated, a localized infection, as in the respiratory or urinary tracts, can lead to infection in the bloodstream and widespread inflammation, characterized initially by fever, chills, and other symptoms and later by septic shock.

Other words from sepsis

septic adjective
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