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Definition blood poisoning or poisoning of other tissues by microorganisms or their toxins
  • Sepsis is usually caused by bacteria, but can also be caused by viruses and fungi.
  • In this light, we can regard the gulag as a septic tank used by totalitarian kitsch to dispose of its refuse.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • He can smell it, almost taste it that dense, heavy smell of damp stone, damp wool, halitosis, and septic human flesh.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • I prefer the top of his sleeping bag, which is less septic.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • His breath was moist and smelled like a septic tank.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • It had not been a good night for Arthur Septimus Polegrave, who would have been known to his friends, if he'd had any friends, as "Septic."
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • "How else should I be doing," Malcolm said, "with a compound fracture of the leg that is likely septic and beginning to smell rather, ah, pungent?
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • But what had amused me then turned septic on the air now.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • "Her placenta hadn't come out after the birth and she was in danger of dying from septic shock.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • The toilet wasn't hooked up to any sewer or septic system.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • The immediate cause of death may be eclampsia, hemorrhage, malaria, abortion complications, obstructed labor or sepsis.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • There's a hole dug out back for a septic tank.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • With sewage systems and septic tanks.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • "Sepsis," Dumbo muttered.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • They discovered he had devised his own way of hooking up the septic system.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • By the way, on the subject of sepsis I see what you mean.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Of course, no one said anything, their boss being touchier than a septic bum boil.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • "It ... swelled up and got septic," I say after a pause.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • "He's probably septic," Ambiades warned, teasing me in a tone just a little more condescending than the one he used on Sophos.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • After she lost all that blood, risk of sepsis, not to speak of psychological shock!
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago

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