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

  • n. A condition in which the blood contains toxins produced by body cells at a local source of infection or derived from the growth of microorganisms. Also called blood poisoning.

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  • n. Blood poisoning; adverse reaction to toxic byproducts of systemic infection.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The presence of a toxic substance or substances in the blood; septicemia; blood-poisoning.

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  • n. blood poisoning caused by bacterial toxic substances in the blood
  • n. an abnormal condition of pregnancy characterized by hypertension and edema and protein in the urine


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  • Extremely severe pre-eclampsia also known as toxemia; women who had rheumatic fever when children, who hoped to have babies but whose hearts prove unequal to the stress of labor; etc.

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  • It became full-blown eclampsia, which we used to call toxemia pregnancy, an extreme case.

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  • Pre-eclampsia, which used to be referred to as toxemia, is characterized by high blood pressure, protein in the urine, and fluid retention in the legs, hands, and face.

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  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension, also known as toxemia or pre-eclampsia can be very dangerous for both mom and baby.

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  • KELLIE LIM, TRIPLE AMPUTEE: Well at the age of 8 I contracted meningeal toxemia which is the much feared bacterial meningitis.

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  • The appearance of convulsions which have been preceded by one or more of the symptoms noted under the head of "toxemia," indicates that the patient has become so profoundly intoxicated and poisoned by the accumulating toxins, that the lives of both mother and child are jeopardized by threatened eclampsia.

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  • As it happened, however, there was really no chance for Jason's heart disease to develop, for that night he scratched his finger, which brought about the much more imminent danger of blood-poisoning -- "toxemia," Jason said it was.

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  • I developed toxemia and my feet swelled to the point that I could not put on rubber flip-flops.

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  • I also had high blood pressure, but not toxemia, she recalls.

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