or sep·ti·cae·mi·a

[ sep-tuh-see-mee-uh ]
/ ˌsɛp təˈsi mi ə /

noun Pathology.

the invasion and persistence of pathogenic bacteria in the blood-stream.

Origin of septicemia

From New Latin, dating back to 1865–70; see origin at septic, -emia

Related forms

sep·ti·ce·mic, sep·ti·cae·mic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for septicaemia


US septicemia

/ (ˌsɛptɪˈsiːmɪə) /


a condition caused by pus-forming microorganisms in the bloodNontechnical name: blood poisoning See also bacteraemia, pyaemia

Derived Forms

septicaemic or US septicemic, adjective

Word Origin for septicaemia

C19: from New Latin, from Greek sēptik (os) septic + -aemia
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Medicine definitions for septicaemia


[ sĕp′tĭ-sēmē-ə ]


A systemic disease caused by the multiplication of microorganisms in the blood.blood poisoning septic fever

Related forms

sep′ti•cemic (-mĭk) adj.
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