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toxemia

or tox·ae·mi·a

[tok-see-mee-uh]
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noun Pathology.
  1. blood poisoning resulting from the presence of toxins, as bacterial toxins, in the blood.
  2. toxemia of pregnancy.
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Origin of toxemia

First recorded in 1855–60; tox- + -emia
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Examples from the Web for toxemia

Historical Examples

  • There is either a toxemia or a septicemia, with the usual symptoms of a general sepsis.

    Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry

    Maximilian Stern

  • The most common immediate exciting cause during pregnancy is toxemia from faulty metabolism and excretion.

  • It is usually impossible to differentiate in pregnancy a lighting up of an old nephritis from a toxemia.


Word Origin and History for toxemia

n.

also toxaemia, 1860, from toxo- (before vowels tox-, comb. form of Greek toxon (see toxic) + Greek haima "blood" (see -emia).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

toxemia in Medicine

toxemia

(tŏk-sēmē-ə)
n.
  1. A condition in which the blood contains bacterial toxins disseminated from a local source of infection or metabolic toxins resulting from organ failure or other disease.blood poisoning
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Related formstox•emic (-mĭk) adj.
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toxemia in Science

toxemia

[tŏk-sēmē-ə]
  1. A condition in which the blood contains bacterial toxins disseminated from a local source of infection or metabolic toxins resulting from organ failure or other disease. Also called blood poisoning
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