Share this entry

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.


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



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.

Definition of pyemia in:

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.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day whippersnapper
Pronunciation: ˈ(h)wipərˌsnapər
a young, inexperienced person considered presumptuous or overconfident...