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bacteremia

Pronunciation: bak′tēr-ē′mē-ă

Definition: The presence of viable bacteria in the circulating blood; may be transient following trauma such as dental or other iatrogenic manipulation or may be persistent or recurrent as a result of infection.

Synonym(s): bacteriemia

[bacteria + G. haima, blood]

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