Meaning of puerperal fever

puer'peral fe'ver

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— Pathol. Pathol.
  1. a systemic bacterial infection of the endometrium characterized by fever, rapid heartbeat, uterine tenderness, and malodorous discharge, chiefly occurring in women after childbirth, usually as the result of unsterile obstetric procedures.
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