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[sep-sis] /ˈsɛp sɪs/
noun, Pathology
local or generalized invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms or their toxins:
dental sepsis; wound sepsis.
1855-60; < Greek sêpsis decay; compare sḗpein to make rotten Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sepsis
  • sepsis is caused by a bacterial infection that can begin anywhere in the body.
  • The cause was acute sepsis after an operation, his family said.
  • Instead, you need to rush to the nearest emergency room before you die from sepsis.
  • sepsis symptoms, however, can be even more confusing.
  • It is much less exciting than, say, managing bacterial sepsis or a pulmonary embolism.
  • The chronic variety can be deadly if the sepsis crosses the blood-brain barrier, and the heart can be affected.
  • Patients could develop sepsis, for example, if the bacteria reproduced too quickly in the blood.
British Dictionary definitions for sepsis


the presence of pus-forming bacteria in the body
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Greek sēpsis a rotting; related to Greek sēpein to cause to decay
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Word Origin and History for sepsis

1876, "putrefaction," from Modern Latin sepsis, from Greek sepsis "putrefaction," from sepein "to rot," of unknown origin.

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sepsis in Medicine

sepsis sep·sis (sěp'sĭs)
n. pl. sep·ses (-sēz)

  1. The presence of pathogenic organisms or their toxins in the blood or tissues.

  2. The poisoned condition resulting from the presence of pathogens or their toxins.

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sepsis in Science
A severe infection caused by pathogenic organisms, especially bacteria, in the blood or tissues. If untreated, a localized infection, as in the respiratory or urinary tracts, can lead to infection in the bloodstream and widespread inflammation, characterized initially by fever, chills, and other symptoms and later by septic shock.

septic adjective
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