noun Pathology.
the invasion and persistence of pathogenic bacteria in the blood-stream.
Also, septicaemia.

1865–70; < Neo-Latin; see septic, -emia

septicemic, septicaemic, adjective Unabridged
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septicaemia or septicemia (ˌsɛptɪˈsiːmɪə)
bacteraemia See also pyaemia Nontechnical name: blood poisoning a condition caused by pus-forming microorganisms in the blood
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek sēptik(os) septic + -aemia]
septicemia or septicemia
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek sēptik(os) septic + -aemia]
septi'caemic or septicemia
septi'cemic or septicemia

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Word Origin & History

1866, Mod.L. septicæmia, from Fr. septicoemi, coined by Fr. physician Pierre-Adolphe Piorry (1794-1879) in 1837 from Gk. septikos (see septic) + haima "blood" (see -emia).
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septicemia sep·ti·ce·mi·a (sěp'tĭ-sē'mē-ə)
A systemic disease caused by the multiplication of microorganisms in the blood. Also called blood poisoning, septic fever.

sep'ti·ce'mic (-mĭk) adj.
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Example sentences
Endocarditis and dental related septicemia is prevented by good dental hygiene.
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