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puerperal fever

n :  an abnormal condition that results from infection of the placental site following delivery or abortion and is characterized in mild form by fever of not over 100.4°F (38.0°C) but may progress to a localized endometritis or spread through the uterine wall and develop into peritonitis or pass into the blood stream and produce septicemia - called also childbed fever , puerperal sepsis  .

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