Definition of preeclampsia in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˌprēəˈklampsēə/


A condition in pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure, sometimes with fluid retention and proteinuria.
Example sentences
  • She was suffering from pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy-related illness which, in rare cases, can result in the death of the mother or the baby.
  • With pre-eclampsia, high blood pressure can develop any time after the 20th week of pregnancy, but is most common towards the end.
  • Conditions such as pre-eclampsia can be detected only through regular antenatal checks.



Pronunciation: /-ˈklamptik/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • The evidence that blood pressure measurement may predict pre-eclamptic toxaemia is not yet conclusive.
  • The risk of breast cancer was significantly increased for pre-eclamptic women after adjusting for age and parity.
  • Women who were born after a pre-eclamptic pregnancy had more than twice the risk of having pre-eclampsia in their first pregnancy compared with other women.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: pre·e·clamp·si·a

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.