Definition of bacteraemia in English:


(US bacteremia)


mass nounMedicine
  • The presence of bacteria in the blood.

    • ‘In the medical setting, one study asked doctors to judge the probability that medical inpatients had bacteraemia.’
    • ‘Serious complications from salmonellosis include bacteremia and cardiovascular infection.’
    • ‘Invasive disease includes bacteremia, meningitis and infection in a normally sterile site, excluding the middle ear.’
    • ‘Fever may be a marker of sepsis, localized infection, occult bacteremia, or benign illness.’
    • ‘Although severely malnourished children may not have obvious signs of infection such as fever and tachypnoea, the prevalence of bacteraemia, urinary tract infections, and pneumonia is high.’


Late 19th century: from bacterium + -aemia.