Definition of eclampsia
noun[mass noun] Medicine
- a condition in which one or more convulsions occur in a pregnant woman suffering from high blood pressure, often followed by coma and posing a threat to the health of mother and baby. See also pre-eclampsia.
mid 19th century: modern Latin, from French éclampsie, from Greek eklampsis 'sudden development', from eklampein 'shine out'