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an infection acquired during the puerperium.
1. the presence in the blood or other tissues of pathogenic microorganisms or their toxins.
puerperal sepsis sepsis after childbirth, due to putrefactive matter absorbed from the birth canal; see also puerperal fever.
the presence in the blood or other tissues of pathogenic microorganisms or their toxins; the condition associated with such presence. See also toxemia, bacteremia.
sepsis occurring after parturition. See also mastitis-metritis-agalactia.
postpartum sepsis with a rise in fever after the first 24 hours following delivery, but before the eleventh postpartum day.