blood poisoning

noun Pathology.
invasion of the blood by toxic matter or microorganisms, characterized by chills, sweating, fever, and prostration; toxemia; septicemia; pyemia.

Origin:
1860–65

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blood poisoning
 
n
a nontechnical term for septicaemia

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blood poisoning n.

  1. See septicemia.

  2. See toxemia.

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blood poisoning  
See toxemia.
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Mild cases are typically not treated with antibiotics but health officials said antibiotics are used to treat blood poisoning.
Bizarrely, these soldiers were less prone to blood poisoning and infections.
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