Systemic infection by pathogenic microorganisms, especially bacteria, that have invaded the bloodstream, usually from a local source. Sepsis is characterized by fever, increased number of white blood cells, increased heart rate, and other signs of widespread infection.
[Greek sēpsis, from sēpein, to make rotten, corrupt, possibly from a pre-Greek root *tyākw-, *tyakw- and akin to Sanskrit kyāku, fungus, possibly alteration (influenced by Sanskrit kavakam, mushroom, fungus) of earlier *tyāku.]
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