from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See pyemia, pyemic.

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

  • noun (Med.) A form of blood poisoning produced by the absorption of pyogenic microorganisms into the blood, usually from a wound or local inflammation. It is characterized by multiple abscesses throughout the body, and is attended with irregularly recurring chills, fever, profuse sweating, and exhaustion.

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  • noun pathology A type of septicemia caused usually by the presence of Staphylococcus bacteria in the bloodstream; characterised by metastatic abscesses and other symptoms associated with septicemia.

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

  • noun septicemia caused by pus-forming bacteria being released from an abscess


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From Ancient Greek πύον (pyon, "pus") + αἷμα (haima, "blood").


  • In the end, he would for two pins have taken rail himself to Glasgow, where in even the most insanitary hospital wards pyaemia, erysipelas and hospital gangrene had been well nigh stamped out.

    The Way Home

  • The animal finally died, three weeks after the operation, of pyaemia.

    Alexis Carrel - Nobel Lecture

  • Such terrible scourges as pyaemia and hospital gangrene were rife in all of them.

    Victorian Worthies Sixteen Biographies

  • The bacteria that cause pyaemia are transferred by the blood stream to different organs and produce multiple abscesses.

    Common Diseases of Farm Animals

  • The hospitals on both sides were left with a ghastly heritage of pyaemia and other diseases, raging almost unchecked in their wards; but, in the two years after the war, two of the most famous professors in German Universities [48] had by antiseptic methods obtained such striking results among their patients that the superiority of the treatment was evident; and both of them generously gave full credit to Lister as their teacher.

    Victorian Worthies Sixteen Biographies

  • In pyaemia the animal may live from a few days to several months.

    Common Diseases of Farm Animals

  • Various wound infections, including septicaemia, pyaemia, acute abscesses, ulcers, erysipelas, etc., are produced by a few forms of micrococci, resembling each other in many points but differing slightly.

    The Story of Germ Life

  • -- Congestion and inflammation of the kidneys commonly occur in mixed and specific infectious diseases, such as septicaemia, pyaemia and influenza.

    Common Diseases of Farm Animals

  • For instance, a considerable number of different types of blood poisoning, septicaemia, pyaemia, gangrene, inflammation of wounds, or formation of pus from slight skin wounds -- indeed, a host of miscellaneous troubles, ranging all the way from a slight pus formation to a violent and severe blood poisoning -- all appear to be caused by bacteria, and it is impossible to make out any definite species associated with the different types of these troubles.

    The Story of Germ Life

  • -- The term commonly used in speaking of simple septicaemia and pyaemia is blood poisoning.

    Common Diseases of Farm Animals


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