A disorder that may occur late in pregnancy, characterized by high blood pressure, edema, protein in the urine, etc.: it may develop into eclampsia.
Webster's New World
(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.
Other Word Forms of Preeclampsia
Origin of Preeclampsia
From pre- +"Ž eclampsia.
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