Pronunciation: waw'ter-hows frid'er-ik-sen
Definition: a condition occurring mainly in children younger than 10 years of age, characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, extensive purpura, cyanosis, tonic-clonic convulsions, and circulatory collapse, usually with meningitis and hemorrhage into the adrenal glands.
Synonym(s): acute fulminating meningococcal septicemia, Friderichsen-Waterhouse syndrome
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