|1.||of, relating to, or caused by sepsis|
|2.||of, relating to, or caused by putrefaction|
|3.||informal (Austral), (NZ) short for septic tank|
|[C17: from Latin sēpticus, from Greek sēptikos, from sēptos decayed, from sēpein to make rotten]|
|sepsis (sěp'sĭs) Pronunciation Key
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.