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