waterhouse-friderichsen syndrome

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Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome Wa·ter·house-Frid·er·ich·sen syndrome (wô'tər-hous'frĭd'ə-rĭk'sən)
n.
Acute fulminating meningococcal septicemia occurring mainly in children under 10 years old and characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, extensive purpura, cyanosis, convulsions, and circulatory collapse, usually accompanied by meningitis and hemorrhage into the adrenal glands.

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waterhouse-friderichsen syndrome

noun
syndrome associated with bacterial meningitis; marked by sudden high fever and skin discoloration and petechiae with hemorrhage into the adrenal glands and cardiovascular collapse 
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