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blood poisoning

noun, Pathology
invasion of the blood by toxic matter or microorganisms, characterized by chills, sweating, fever, and prostration; toxemia; septicemia; pyemia.
Origin of blood poisoning
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for blood-poisoning
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  • You see, blood-poisoning matures quickly, and kills almost to a certainty.

    Hilda Wade Grant Allen
  • blood-poisoning set in, and my father died in hospital last week.

    Margarita's Soul Ingraham Lovell
  • It is also an effective remedy for haemorrhages, headaches, and blood-poisoning.

    A Guide to Health Mahatma Gandhi
  • I am not the first man who has balked at amputation and got blood-poisoning.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • blood-poisoning is very frequent, and Captain Jansen, with sheath-knife and sail needle, operates lavishly on one and all.

  • It was quite cured eventually, but we were afraid of blood-poisoning.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • It seemed that quite apart from the blood-poisoning, which would heal, the muscles and nerves of the hand were fatally injured.

    Lady Connie Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The veins in my arm begin to swell visibly; it is a sign of blood-poisoning.

    The Inferno August Strindberg
  • That Hilyard did not die from blood-poisoning was miraculous.

    In the Track of the Trades Lewis R. Freeman
  • The danger from blood-poisoning, pyaemia, or the like, was surmounted.

British Dictionary definitions for blood-poisoning

blood poisoning

a nontechnical term for septicaemia
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blood-poisoning in Medicine

blood poisoning n.

  1. See septicemia.

  2. See toxemia.

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blood-poisoning in Science
blood poisoning  
See toxemia.
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