Definitions

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

  • n. The presence of pathogenic organisms or their toxins in the blood or tissues.
  • n. The poisoned condition resulting from the presence of pathogens or their toxins, as in septicemia.

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  • n. A serious medical condition in which the whole body is inflamed, and a known or suspected infection is present.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The poisoning of the system by the introduction of putrescent material into the blood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Putridity or putrefaction; decomposition; rot.
  • n. Contamination of the organism from ill-conditioned wounds, from abscesses, or certain other local ptomaïne-factories or bacterial seminaries; septicemia. It includes of course similar conditions produced experimentally by inoculation.
  • n. [capitalized] In entomology, a genus of dipterous insects of the family Muscidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the presence of pus-forming bacteria or their toxins in the blood or tissues

Etymologies

Greek sēpsis, putrefaction, from sēpein, to make rotten.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek σῆψις (sēpsis, "putrefaction"), from σήπειν (sēpein, "to make rotten"), from σήψ (sēps, "a kind of lizard, also a kind of serpent whose bite was alleged to cause putrefaction"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • She also had a blood infection -- known as "sepsis" -- that her body could not fight off.

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  • Staph can cause skin infection as well as more serious conditions such as pneumonia or sepsis, which is blood poisoning.

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  • Also known as blood poisoning, sepsis occurs when the body's normal reaction to an infection goes into overdrive, even in patients with weak immune systems.

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  • Also known as gram-negative bacteremia and gram-positive bacteremia, sepsis occurs when infectious agents like bacteria or fungi or products of infection like bacterial toxins enter the body, most often through a wound or incision.

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  • The culprit is an acute, severe, systemic infection known as sepsis, which leads to septic shock, the onset and progression of which closely parallel the bodily changes seen during aging.

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  • After Conaway was discovered unresponsive on May 11, manager Phil Brock first said that an overdose of painkillers was a likely culprit, but that theory was disputed days later by Pinsky, who said that there was no sign of an intentional overdose and instead the actor was suffering from pneumonia and the blood poisoning known as sepsis.

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  • Bacterial infections can cause a condition known as "sepsis," where the blood is poisoned by toxins, causing a high fever and the inflammation of vital organs.

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  • Her study looked at how much money 309 U.S. hospitals spent to care for patients with a life-threatening illness called sepsis in which the immune system responds so dramatically to infection that a number of organs start to fail.

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  • In England and Wales there are an estimated 31,000 cases a year of severe sepsis, which is

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