Meaning of sepsis in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɛpsɪs/

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mass nounMedicine
  • A serious condition resulting from the presence of harmful microorganisms in the blood or other tissues and the body’s response to their presence, potentially leading to the malfunctioning of various organs, shock, and death.

    ‘No reports were made of wound infection or neonatal sepsis.’
    • ‘Fever may be a marker of sepsis, localized infection, occult bacteremia, or benign illness.’
    • ‘Failure to do so may result in serious wound infections and possibly sepsis.’
    • ‘As more is learned about the role of coagulation and inflammation in sepsis, other therapies may emerge.’
    • ‘Interventional treatments should be reserved until perianal sepsis and inflammation are well controlled.’
    contamination, poison


Late 19th century (in the sense ‘putrefaction’): modern Latin, from Greek sēpsis, from sēpein ‘make rotten’.