noun Pathology.
a form of toxemia of pregnancy, characterized by albuminuria, hypertension, and convulsions.

1855–60; < Neo-Latin < Greek éklamps(is) sudden development (ek- ec- + lámp(ein) to shine + -sis -sis + -ia -ia

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eclampsia (ɪˈklæmpsɪə)
1.  pathol Compare pre-eclampsia a toxic condition of unknown cause that sometimes develops in the last three months of pregnancy, characterized by high blood pressure, abnormal weight gain and convulsions
2.  another name for milk fever (in cattle)
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek eklampsis a shining forth, from eklampein, from lampein to shine]

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eclampsia ecl·amp·si·a (ĭ-klāmp'sē-ə)
Coma and convulsions during or immediately after pregnancy or parturition, characterized by edema, hypertension, and proteinuria.

e·clamp'tic (-tĭk) adj.
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She developed pre-eclampsia, a complication of pregnancy that includes rapidly increasing blood pressure.
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