puerperal fever

puerperal fever
noun Date: 1768 an abnormal condition that results from infection of the placental site following delivery or abortion and is characterized in mild form by fever but in serious cases the infection may spread through the uterine wall or pass into the bloodstream — called also childbed fever, puerperal sepsis

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  • Puerperal fever — Fever that lasts for more than 24 hours within the first 10 days after a woman has had a baby. Puerperal fever is due to an infection, most often of the placental site within the uterus. If the infection involves the bloodstream, it constitutes… …   Medical dictionary

  • puerperal fever — ► NOUN ▪ fever caused by uterine infection following childbirth. ORIGIN from Latin puer child, boy + parus bearing …   English terms dictionary

  • puerperal fever — n. sepsis sometimes occurring during childbirth: formerly caused a high mortality rate in maternity wards before aseptic techniques were established in the 19th cent …   English World dictionary

  • Puerperal fever — Streptococcus pyogenes (red stained spheres) is responsible for most cases of severe puerperal fever. It is commonly found in the throat and nasopharynx of otherwise healthy carriers, particularly during winter. Details: A pus specimen, viewed… …   Wikipedia

  • puerperal fever — Pathol. a systemic bacterial infection of the endometrium characterized by fever, rapid heartbeat, uterine tenderness, and malodorous discharge, chiefly occurring in women after childbirth, usually as the result of unsterile obstetric procedures …   Universalium

  • puerperal fever — noun A fever, following childbirth or abortion, due to infection of the uterus. Syn: childbed fever, puerperal sepsis …   Wiktionary

  • puerperal fever — noun fever caused by uterine infection following childbirth …   English new terms dictionary

  • puerperal fever — /pjuˌɜpərəl ˈfivə/ (say pyooh.erpuhruhl feevuh) noun an infection occurring during the puerperium; childbed fever …   Australian English dictionary

  • puerperal fever — noun serious form of septicemia contracted by a woman during childbirth or abortion (usually attributable to unsanitary conditions); formerly widespread but now uncommon • Syn: ↑childbed fever • Hypernyms: ↑blood poisoning, ↑septicemia,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • puerperal fever — (pu er per al) An acute, febrile condition following childbirth; it is characterized by infection of the uterus and/or adjacent regions and is caused by streptococci …   Dictionary of microbiology

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