Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A condition of hypertension occurring in pregnancy, typically accompanied by edema and proteinuria.

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  • n. A complication of pregnancy, affecting about 5% of all women, characterized by hypertension and damage to the linings of the blood vessels of the brain, liver, lungs and kidneys, which can lead to multiple organ failure, convulsions, coma and death. The only cure is delivery of the child.

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  • n. abnormal state of pregnancy characterized by hypertension and fluid retention and albuminuria; can lead to eclampsia if untreated

Etymologies

From pre- +‎ eclampsia. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • That’s when the doctor used the word preeclampsia.

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  • Medical problems, such as preeclampsia, which is extremely high blood pressure in the mother, or fetal distress, do not fully explain the increase of induced deliveries, which often result in late preterm births, birth between 32 and 36 weeks gestation.

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  • A study conducted by scientists at Yale University and published in 2008 reported that, compared to pregnant women who ate less than one serving of chocolate a week, those who consumed five or more servings of chocolate each week during their third trimester had a 40 percent lower risk of developing the dangerous high blood pressure condition known as preeclampsia.

    Origins

  • Gestational hypertension can also develop into a more dangerous condition called preeclampsia.

    Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

  • The reality mom went into premature labor last week due to a rare condition called preeclampsia, which causes high blood pressure during pregnancy.

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  • If they have kidney failure, which is worsened by the pregnancy, if they have something known as preeclampsia, which can be sort of a malignant hypertension caused by pregnancy, those can be some reasons.

    CNN Transcript Jun 5, 2009

  • One is something known as preeclampsia, which basically means that your blood pressure starts to spiral out of control.

    CNN Transcript Mar 26, 2008

  • Diabetic women have a higher likelihood of early delivery and a condition called preeclampsia, a condition characterized by high blood pressure, say experts.

    Diabetes Rate Before Pregnancy Doubles

  • The condition is called preeclampsia, and if untreated it can progress to life-threatening eclampsia, in which a woman suffers seizures or may even go into a coma.

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  • KALISH: The overall risk of having preeclampsia, which is high blood pressure in pregnancy, is about 7 percent.

    CNN Transcript Sep 6, 2007

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