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sep·sis  audio  (spss) KEY 

NOUN:
pl. sep·ses  (-sz) KEY 
  1. The presence of pathogenic organisms or their toxins in the blood or tissues.
  2. The poisoned condition resulting from the presence of pathogens or their toxins, as in septicemia.

ETYMOLOGY:
Greek spsis, putrefaction, from spein, to make rotten


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