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Pronunciation: pre'e-klamp'se-a


Development of hypertension with proteinuria or edema, or both, due to pregnancy or the influence of a recent pregnancy; it usually occurs after the 20th week of gestation, but may develop before this time in the presence of trophoblastic disease.

[pre- + G. eklampsis, a shining forth (eclampsia)]

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