Definition of eclampsia in English:
noun[mass noun] Medicine
A condition in which one or more convulsions occur in a pregnant woman suffering from high blood pressure, often followed by coma and posing a threat to the health of mother and baby. See also pre-eclampsia.
- We determined whether a recorded history of gestational hypertension or pre-eclampsia or eclampsia predicted cardiovascular disease in later life, as indicated by measures of mortality and morbidity.
- Long term survival of mothers was addressed in 1976 by Chesley et al, who found no increased mortality in white women who had eclampsia in their first pregnancy.
- For example, it may be hypothesized that recurrence of eclampsia in pregnant women is more common in those that have family history of hypertension.
- eclamptic adjective
- Example sentences
- An eclamptic fit indicates serious underlying disease and is usually self limiting and not inherently life threatening, although undesirable.
- Three episodes of eclamptic seizures are expected each year.
- Over 63 000 women die annually after eclamptic convulsions, with 99% of these deaths occurring in low and middle income countries.
Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from French éclampsie, from Greek eklampsis 'sudden development', from eklampein 'shine out'.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.