One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The presence in tissues of harmful bacteria and their toxins, typically through infection of a wound.
contamination, poisonView synonyms
- ‘Failure to do so may result in serious wound infections and possibly sepsis.’
- ‘No reports were made of wound infection or neonatal sepsis.’
- ‘Fever may be a marker of sepsis, localized infection, occult bacteremia, or benign illness.’
- ‘Interventional treatments should be reserved until perianal sepsis and inflammation are well controlled.’
- ‘As more is learned about the role of coagulation and inflammation in sepsis, other therapies may emerge.’
Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek sēpsis, from sēpein ‘make rotten’.
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