a disorder that may occur late in pregnancy, characterized by high blood pressure, edema, protein in the urine, etc.: it may develop into eclampsia
A condition of hypertension occurring in pregnancy, typically accompanied by edema and proteinuria. Also called toxemia of pregnancy.
(usually uncountable, plural preeclampsias)
- (pathology) A complication of pregnancy, affecting about 5% of all women, characterized by hypertension and damage to the linings of the blood vessels of the brain, liver, lungs and kidneys, which can lead to multiple organ failure, convulsions, coma and death. The only cure is delivery of the child.
From pre- +"Ž eclampsia.