Pathology. a form of toxemia of pregnancy, characterized by hypertension, fluid retention, and albuminuria, sometimes progressing to eclampsia.
Also, pre-eclampsia.

1920–25; pre- + eclampsia Unabridged
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preeclampsia pre·e·clamp·si·a (prē'ĭ-klāmp'sē-ə)
A condition of hypertension occurring during pregnancy or immediately following pregnancy, typically accompanied by edema and proteinuria but without the coma and convulsions of eclampsia.

pre'e·clamp'tic (-tĭk) adj.
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Gestational diabetes, hypertension and preeclampsia can all occur.
Preeclampsia is one of those terms you probably wouldn't hear until your pregnancy test turns up positive.
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