Blood poisoning

Blood poisoning
The medical term is "septicemia." No matter which of these two terms-blood poisoning or septicemia-you prefer, what is meant is the same thing, namely a "general (systemic) disease that is due to the presence and the persistence of germs (pathogenic microorganisms) or their toxins in the bloodstream." The "germs" can be bacteria (in bacteremia) or any other microscopic agent of infection capable of causing disease in humans. Another term that is very closely related to "blood poisoning" and "septicemia" is "sepsis." "Sepsis" also refers to the presence and persistence of germs or their toxins in the blood but those germs or toxins do not need to be in the blood. They may be in other tissues of the body. Blood poisoning/septicemia and sepsis are often serious. They can sometimes be life threatening diseases calling for urgent and comprehensive care.

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blood poisoning n SEPTICEMIA

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the presence of either bacterial toxins or large numbers of bacteria in the bloodstream causing serious illness. See pyaemia, septicaemia, toxaemia.

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Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Blood poisoning — Blood Blood (bl[u^]d), n. [OE. blod, blood, AS. bl[=o]d; akin to D. bloed, OHG. bluot, G. blut, Goth. bl[=o][thorn], Icel. bl[=o][eth], Sw. & Dan. blod; prob. fr. the same root as E. blow to bloom. See {Blow} to bloom.] 1. The fluid which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blood poisoning — blood .poisoning n [U] a serious illness in which an infection spreads through your blood …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • blood poisoning — blood ,poisoning noun uncount a serious illness caused by an infection in your blood …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • blood poisoning — ► NOUN ▪ a diseased state due to the presence of micro organisms or their toxins in the blood …   English terms dictionary

  • blood poisoning — n. nontechnical term for SEPTICEMIA …   English World dictionary

  • blood poisoning — noun invasion of the bloodstream by virulent microorganisms from a focus of infection • Syn: ↑septicemia, ↑septicaemia • Derivationally related forms: ↑septicemic (for: ↑septicemia) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • blood poisoning — N UNCOUNT Blood poisoning is a serious illness resulting from an infection in your blood …   English dictionary

  • blood poisoning — blood′ poi soning n. pat invasion of the blood by toxic matter or microorganisms, characterized by chills, sweating, fever, and prostration; toxemia; septicemia; pyemia • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • blood poisoning — Pathol. invasion of the blood by toxic matter or microorganisms, characterized by chills, sweating, fever, and prostration; toxemia; septicemia; pyemia. [1860 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • blood poisoning — diseases in which the blood contains infectious microorganisms …   English contemporary dictionary

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