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Pronunciation: sep'ti-se'me-a

Definition: Systemic disease caused by the spread of microorganisms and their toxins through circulating blood; formerly called “blood poisoning.”

Synonym(s): septic fever, septic intoxication

[G. sepsis, putrefaction, + haima, blood]

See Also: pyemia, bacteremia

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