toxemia[täk sē′mē ə]
a condition in which poisonous substances are spread throughout the body by the bloodstream, esp. toxins produced by pathogenic bacteria or by cells of the body
also sp. toxaemia
Origin of toxemiaModL: see toxic and amp; -emia
A condition in which the blood contains toxins produced by body cells at a local source of infection or derived from the growth of microorganisms. Also called blood poisoning.