Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Coma or convulsions in a patient with preeclampsia, occurring in late pregnancy, during labor, or within 24 hours after giving birth.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In pathology, a flashing of light before the eyes; also, rapid convulsive motions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) A fancied perception of flashes of light, a symptom of epilepsy; hence, epilepsy itself; convulsions.

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  • noun pathology A complication of pregnancy characterized by convulsions and coma. See preeclampsia.

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

  • noun a toxic condition characterized by convulsions and possibly coma during or immediately after pregnancy

Etymologies

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

[New Latin, from Greek eklampsis, a shining forth, sudden development, from eklampein, to shine forth : ek-, out; see ecto– + lampein, to shine.]

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Coined Greek, from ecto-, 'out of', and lampein, 'to shine'.

Examples

  • Doctors warn of the more serious condition, called eclampsia, which is characterized by headache, disturbances of vision, vomiting, pain in the stomach, and possibly convulsions or coma.

    Understanding the Dozen Discomforts and Complications of Pregnancy

  • (Screw the book — you can’t die before I meet you in person = P) But yes, eclampsia is way scary and you are indeed lucky.

    “I can not die before my book is published” «

  • Since the only cure for eclampsia is getting the baby out, I’d had an emergency C-section as soon as I arrived at the hospital.

    “I can not die before my book is published” «

  • Since the only cure for eclampsia is getting the baby out, I’d had an emergency C-section as soon as I arrived at the hospital.

    2009 December «

  • Pre-eclampsia: Researchers developed and tested a model that allows doctors to identify pregnant women at increased risk of major complications from pre-eclampsia, which is a leading cause of maternal deaths, according to a report in The Lancet.

    Many Risks of Shoveling Snow Stressed in New Study

  • If you're someone who has - having multiples or you had a history of heart disease or you have something known as eclampsia, you may want to stay away from the running.

    CNN Transcript Jul 24, 2008

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

    CNN Transcript Aug 24, 2006

  • And sometimes preeclampsia can actually progress to something known as eclampsia, and that's actually when you have the seizures as well.

    CNN Transcript Feb 6, 2004

  • These are signs that the most serious stage of this complication, called eclampsia, may be developing.

    Chapter 11

  • If the swelling increases suddenly or causes very rapid weight gain, women should go to a health facility to have their blood pressure and urine checked for pre-eclampsia, which is a life-threatening complication (see Chapter 9).

    Chapter 10

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