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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n eclampsia a toxic condition characterized by convulsions and possibly coma during or immediately after pregnancy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Eclampsia (Med) A fancied perception of flashes of light, a symptom of epilepsy; hence, epilepsy itself; convulsions.☞ The term is generally restricted to a convulsive affection attending pregnancy and parturition, and to infantile convulsions.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n eclampsia In pathology, a flashing of light before the eyes; also, rapid convulsive motions. The name is applied to convulsions resembling those of epilepsy, but not of true epilepsy: as, the eclampsia of childbirth. Also eclampsy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Eclampsia ek-lamp′si-a a term often erroneously applied as synonymous with epilepsy, while it is really the equivalent of convulsions, but usually restricted to such as are due to such local or general causes as teething, child-bearing, &c
    • Eclampsia also Eclamp′sy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., from Gr. a shining forth, fr. to shine forth; out + to shine


In literature:

Eclampsia is a very grave complication of pregnancy, and it was formerly supposed to be uraemia.
"Essays In Pastoral Medicine" by Austin ÓMalley
It is recommended as a cardiac and nervous sedative in cerebral haemorrhage and puerperal eclampsia.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 2" by Various

In news:

Midyette had pre-eclampsia during her pregnancy, a dangerous condition associated with high blood pressure, fluid retention and weight gain.
Alere sees positive results in pre-eclampsia study.
Anticonvulsants are used for pre-eclampsia in the belief they prevent eclamptic convulsions, and so improve outcome.
Pre-eclampsia complicated by blindness.
21 year-old with pre-eclampsia complicated by blindness.
However, days after Thanksgiving, Mrs Wolven had eclampsia — a life-threatening condition for pregnant women — and had to be flown by helicopter to Houston.
Novel biomarker diagnostic test could revolutionize the diagnosis of pre-eclampsia, a complex condition that can be fatal if undiagnosed during pregnancy.