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Blood poisoning (septicaemia) caused by the spread in the bloodstream of pus-forming bacteria released from an abscess.‘Nothing seemed to halt pyemia, and it had a mortality rate of over 90%.’‘There may be rapid and irritable pulse, dry brown tongue, dry skin, constipation, anorexia, and if pyemia develops there will be pain in the joints.’
Mid 19th century modern Latin, from Greek puon ‘pus’ + haima ‘blood’.
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