- Clinical manifestations observed during certain infectious diseases, assumed to be caused by toxins and other noxious substances elaborated by the infectious agent; in certain infections by gram-negative bacteria, endotoxins probably play a role when the bacterial cell wall breaks down, releasing a complex lipopolysaccharide; however, the role of other bacterial substances is unclear, except in the case of the specific exotoxins such as those of diphtheria and tetanus.
- The clinical syndrome caused by toxic substances in the blood.
- A lay term referring to the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.
[G. toxikon, poison, + haima, blood]
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