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pyemia Syllabification: py·e·mi·a
Pronunciation: /pīˈēmēə/
(British pyaemia)

Definition of pyemia in English:


Blood poisoning (septicemia) caused by the spread in the bloodstream of pus-forming bacteria released from an abscess.
Example sentences
  • Nothing seemed to halt pyemia, and it had a mortality rate of over 90%.
  • There may be rapid and irritable pulse, dry brown tongue, dry skin, constipation, anorexia, and if pyemia develops there will be pain in the joints.


Pronunciation: /pīˈēmik/
Example sentences
  • Pyaemic complications occurred in seven patients.
  • This imaging study also excluded biliary obstruction, pyaemic liver abscess, and tumour as causes of his jaundice.


Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek puon 'pus' + haima 'blood'.

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