Definition of pre-eclampsia in English:

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Pronunciation: /priːɪˈklam(p)sɪə/


[mass noun]
A condition in pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure, sometimes with fluid retention and proteinuria.
Example sentences
  • She was suffering from pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy-related illness which, in rare cases, can result in the death of the mother or the baby.
  • With pre-eclampsia, high blood pressure can develop any time after the 20th week of pregnancy, but is most common towards the end.
  • Conditions such as pre-eclampsia can be detected only through regular antenatal checks.



adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • The evidence that blood pressure measurement may predict pre-eclamptic toxaemia is not yet conclusive.
  • The risk of breast cancer was significantly increased for pre-eclamptic women after adjusting for age and parity.
  • Women who were born after a pre-eclamptic pregnancy had more than twice the risk of having pre-eclampsia in their first pregnancy compared with other women.
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