Definition of sepsis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsepsəs/


The presence in tissues of harmful bacteria and their toxins, typically through infection of a wound.
Example sentences
  • No reports were made of wound infection or neonatal sepsis.
  • Fever may be a marker of sepsis, localized infection, occult bacteremia, or benign illness.
  • Failure to do so may result in serious wound infections and possibly sepsis.


Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek sēpsis, from sēpein 'make rotten'.

Words that rhyme with sepsis

prolepsis, syllepsis

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Syllabification: sep·sis

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