Meaning of septicaemia in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsɛptɪˈsiːmɪə/


mass noun
  • Blood poisoning, especially that caused by bacteria or their toxins.

    ‘Autopsy figures show we die from cancer, heart disease, pneumonia and septicemia and pulmonary emboli in that order.’
    • ‘Now health chiefs are considering whether a further jab which fights bacterial meningitis, septicemia and pneumonia could save lives.’
    • ‘A ‘very sick’ young infant may have pneumonia, septicaemia, and meningitis.’
    • ‘In patients with superimposed bacterial infection, septicaemia develops and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality.’
    • ‘In 1878, he identified the germ that caused blood poisoning and septicaemia.’
    • ‘The toxins produced by many of the bacteria that cause septicaemia can severely damage any of the cells of the body.’
    • ‘He had developed erysipelas at the site of a mosquito bite, which resulted in septicaemia and pneumonia.’
    • ‘In this case, the additional identification of bacterial DNA suggests septicemia, with pathogenic bacteria presumably originating from the gastrointestinal tract.’
    • ‘Get rid of the bacteria, and your septicemia goes with them.’
    • ‘These children could be suffering from illnesses including meningitis, septicemia or a physical injury.’
    • ‘He was admitted to hospital, where he was found to be suffering from pneumonia, a congenital heart disease and septicemia.’
    • ‘The association of acute splenitis with septicemia described in standard pathology texts is called into question.’
    • ‘Gastrointestinal anthrax is characterized by severe abdominal pain followed by fever and signs of septicemia.’
    • ‘Complications such as cellulitis, lymphangitis, and septicemia are rare and result from spread of the infection.’
    • ‘It may present as a localised infection or involve a single organ or as generalised septicaemia.’
    • ‘Bacterial septicaemia was quickly ruled out, with the evidence pointing to a toxic or preacute viral cause.’
    • ‘The septicaemia had developed because his rash had become infected.’
    • ‘We are seeing more and more cases of septicaemia without any meningitis symptoms which makes it hard to diagnose.’
    • ‘Obesity and inactivity kill 26,000 Americans a year, making them less lethal than relatively unknown diseases such as nephritis and septicemia.’
    • ‘The Foundation fights death and disability from meningitis and septicaemia and supports people affected by the diseases.’
    contamination, poison


Mid 19th century modern Latin, from Greek sēptikos + haima ‘blood’.