a systemic bacterial infection of the endometrium characterized by fever, rapid heartbeat, uterine tenderness, and malodorous discharge, chiefly occurring in women after childbirth, usually as the result of unsterile obstetric procedures.
a serious, formerly widespread, form of blood poisoning caused by infection contracted during childbirth
puerperal fever n.
An illness caused by infection of the endometrium following childbirth or an abortion, marked by fever and septicemia and usually caused by unsterile technique. Also called childbed fever.
- Puerperal metritis
puerperal metritis n. Inflammation of the uterus following childbirth. Also called lochiometritis.
- Puerperal psychosis
noun 1. a mental disorder sometimes occurring in women after childbirth, characterized by deep depression, delusions of the child’s death, and homicidal feelings towards the child
- Puerperal septicemia
puerperal septicemia n. Severe septiciemia resulting from an obstetric delivery or procedure.
- Puerperal tetanus
puerperal tetanus n. Tetanus occurring during the puerperium, caused by obstetric infection. Also called postpartum tetanus.
puerperant pu·er·per·ant (pyōō-ûr’pər-ənt) adj. Puerperal. n. A woman who has just given birth.