Definition of bacteremia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbaktəˈrēmēə/
(British bacteraemia)


The presence of bacteria in the blood.
Example sentences
  • Fever may be a marker of sepsis, localized infection, occult bacteremia, or benign illness.
  • Invasive disease includes bacteremia, meningitis and infection in a normally sterile site, excluding the middle ear.
  • Although severely malnourished children may not have obvious signs of infection such as fever and tachypnoea, the prevalence of bacteraemia, urinary tract infections, and pneumonia is high.



Pronunciation: /-mik/
Example sentences
  • The infection may then rapidly progress to full-blown bacteremic septic shock, accompanied by hypotension, anuria, disseminated intravascular coagulation and hypoglycemia.
  • Antibiotic prophylaxis is recommended for bacteremic procedures to prevent brain abscess.
  • The direct clinical relevance of such rodent studies may not be immediately apparent, because humans with airway infection rarely become bacteremic or septic when infected with even the wild-type, more virulent organisms.


Late 19th century: from bacterium + -emia.

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Syllabification: bac·te·re·mi·a

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