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toxemia Syllabification: tox·e·mi·a
Pronunciation: /täkˈsēmēə/
(British toxaemia)

Definition of toxemia in English:


1Blood poisoning by toxins from a local bacterial infection.
Example sentences
  • Almost immediately, they stumble into a raw spectrox nest that quickly infects them with spectrox toxemia - an almost incurable, fatal disease.
  • The patient often became severely ill from the general manifestations of infection - fever, rigors, and toxaemia - and was very likely to die when this occurred.
  • The classic textbook description of acute haematogenous osteomyelitis includes severe pain, fever, and toxaemia.
1.1 (also toxemia of pregnancy) another term for preeclampsia.
Example sentences
  • It may also be called toxemia or pregnancy-induced hypertension.
  • Moreover, no significant differences in infant growth were noted between the presence/absence of toxemia during pregnancy, cesarean section, and smoking habit.
  • During her second pregnancy his wife, Shelley, developed toxemia; the couple awaited the new baby's birth with trepidation.


Pronunciation: /täkˈsēmik/
Example sentences
  • The second or toxemic stage of pertussis follows relatively nonspecific symptoms of the colonizaton stage.
  • Dr. Lueck observed the organism in the placental tissue of toxemic mothers and identified it in the circulating blood of toxemic patients.
  • When used in hemodialysis, it is part of an artificial kidney system for the treatment of patients with renal failure or toxemic conditions and provides access to a patient's blood for hemodialysis.


Mid 19th century: from toxi- + -emia.

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