puerperal-fever

puerperal fever

noun Pathology.
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:
1760–70

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puerperal fever
 
n
a serious, formerly widespread, form of blood poisoning caused by infection contracted during childbirth

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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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