eclampsia definition

  • noun:
    • Coma and convulsions before, during, or right after childbirth, described as edema, high blood pressure, and proteinuria.
    • A complication of pregnancy characterized by convulsions and coma. See preeclampsia.
    • A fancied perception of flashes of light, an indication of epilepsy; hence, epilepsy it self; convulsions.
    • In pathology, a flashing of light before the eyes; also, fast convulsive movements.
    • a toxic condition described as convulsions and perhaps coma during or immediately after maternity

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