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- n. See puerperal fever.
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- n. puerperal fever
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- n. serious form of septicemia contracted by a woman during childbirth or abortion (usually attributable to unsanitary conditions); formerly widespread but now uncommon
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It was named for a 19th-century Hungarian physician who was roundly vilified by his colleagues when he asserted that the often-fatal childbed fever could be wiped out if doctors washed their hands in a chlorine solution.