- Commonly called a "blood stream infection." The presence of bacteria (bacteremia) or other infectious organisms or their toxins in the blood (septicemia) or in other tissue of the body. Sepsis may be associated with clinical symptoms of systemic (bodywide) illness, such as fever, chills, malaise (generally feeling "rotten"), low blood pressure, and mental status changes. Sepsis can be a serious situation, a life threatening disease calling for urgent and comprehensive care. Treatment depends on the type of infection, but usually begins with antibiotics or similar medications. Also known as blood poisoning, septicemia.
* * *The presence of various pathogenic organisms, or their toxins, in the blood or tissues; septicemia is a common type of s.. [G. s., putrefaction]
* * *sep·sis 'sep-səs n, pl sep·ses 'sep-.sēz a systemic response typically to a serious usu. localized infection (as of the abdomen or lungs) esp. of bacterial origin that is usu. marked by abnormal body temperature and white blood cell count, tachycardia, and tachypnea specif systemic inflammatory response syndrome induced by a documented infection see multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, septic shock
* * *n.the putrefactive destruction of tissues by disease-causing bacteria or their toxins.
* * *Sep·sis (sepґsis) a genus of flies. S. violaґcea is the common dung fly, which can spread various diseases.
Medical dictionary. 2011.