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septicemia Syllabification: sep·ti·ce·mi·a
Pronunciation: /ˌseptəˈsēmēə/
(British septicaemia)

Definition of septicemia in English:


Blood poisoning, especially that caused by bacteria or their toxins.
Example sentences
  • Autopsy figures show we die from cancer, heart disease, pneumonia and septicemia and pulmonary emboli in that order.
  • Now health chiefs are considering whether a further jab which fights bacterial meningitis, septicemia and pneumonia could save lives.
  • A ‘very sick’ young infant may have pneumonia, septicaemia, and meningitis.


Pronunciation: /ˌseptəˈsēmik/
Example sentences
  • Person-to-person spread of bubonic or septicemic plague does not occur; however, pneumonic plague is highly contagious.
  • In humans, plague occurs in three forms: bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, and septicemic plague.
  • In this paper we review the microbiological, clinical and epidemiological observations in patients with septicaemic melioidosis, confirmed by the isolation of organisms from blood culture.


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

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