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Definition of Childbirth fever

Childbirth fever: Fever usually due to an infection of the placental site within the uterus. This is called endometritis. Childbirth fever is also called childbed fever or puerperal fever. If the infection involves the bloodstream, it constitutes puerperal sepsis. In Latin a "puerpera" is a woman in childbirth since "puer" means child and "parere" means to give birth. The puerperium is the time immediately after the delivery of a baby.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 10/30/2013

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