septicemic plague

noun Pathology.
an especially dangerous form of plague in which the infecting organisms invade the bloodstream. Compare plague ( def 2 ).

Origin:
septicem(ia) + -ic

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septicemic plague n.
A usually fatal form of bubonic plague in which the bacilli are present in the bloodstream and cause toxemia.

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Flash animation of pneumonic plague entering the blood stream and becoming
  septicemic plague.
Septicemic plague is the second form and occurs when bacteria enter the blood
  stream.
Septicemic plague occurs when the bacteria multiply in the blood.
The disease may progress to a generalized blood infection called septicemic
  plague.
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