Definition of eclampsia noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪˈklæmpsiə//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈklæmpsiə//
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a condition in which a pregnant woman has high blood pressure and convulsions, which can be dangerous to the woman and the baby compare pre-eclampsia Word Originmid 19th cent.: modern Latin, from French éclampsie, from Greek eklampsis ‘sudden development’, from eklampein ‘shine out’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: eclampsia

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