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puerperal fever

noun, Pathology
1.
a systemic bacterial infection of the endometrium characterized by fever, rapid heartbeat, uterine tenderness, and malodorous discharge, chiefly occurring in women after childbirth, usually as the result of unsterile obstetric procedures.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70
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puerperal fever

noun
1.
a serious, formerly widespread, form of blood poisoning caused by infection contracted during childbirth
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puerperal fever in Medicine

puerperal fever n.
An illness caused by infection of the endometrium following childbirth or an abortion, marked by fever and septicemia and usually caused by unsterile technique. Also called childbed fever.

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