toxaemia(redirected from toxaemia of pregnancy)
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A popular term used by providers of alternative healthcare for the accumulation of toxins and metabolic wastes. Given the breadth of its definition, some mainstream physicians believe that toxaemia may be overdiagnosed and overtreated by alternative health providers.
Pre-eclampsia, see there.
1. Clinical manifestations observed during certain infectious diseases, assumed to be caused by toxins and other noxious substances elaborated by the infectious agent.
2. The clinical syndrome caused by toxic substances in the blood.
3. A lay term referring to the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.
[G. toxikon, poison, + haima, blood]
toxaemiaThe presence of bacterial or other poisons (toxins) in the blood. Compare SEPTICAEMIA.