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- n. An illness resulting from infection of the endometrium following childbirth or abortion, marked by fever and septicemia and usually caused by unsterile technique. Also called childbed fever.
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- n. A fever, following childbirth or abortion, due to infection of the uterus.
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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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This most important discovery that external infection causes puerperal fever was used in general practice only at
Of far greater importance is the simultaneous discovery of the cause of puerperal fever (pyaemia) by Ignaz Philipp
Joseph Lister; narcosis -- Jackson, Simpson; obstetrics, cause of puerperal fever Semmelweiss; in ophthalmology -- Albrecht von Grafe and (speculum oculi) Helmholtz; in bacteriology and serotheraphy --