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Sepsis is usually caused by bacteria, but can also be caused by viruses and fungi.
  blood poisoning or poisoning of other tissues by microorganisms or their toxins
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septic sepsis
When the poisoning is of the blood, the condition can be described more specifically as septicemia.
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  • Sepsis is usually caused by bacteria, but can also be caused by viruses and fungi.
  • He’ll stay with us—on us—until we shower that night, washing what’s left of Tank into the drains connected to the pipes connected to the septic tanks, where he will mix with our excrement before leaching into the ground.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • "Sepsis," Dumbo muttered.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Blacks who have gone through the civil rights struggle have met a hundred white boys and girls who would dive headfirst into a septic tank to prove their liberation from the sins of their fathers.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • It was not a green SS manual but, rather, a slate-blue Army quartermaster’s manual with a title that all but engulfed the paper cover: Improved Methods of Measuring and Predicting Septic Tank Percolation Under Unfavorable Conditions of Soil and Climate.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I prefer the top of his sleeping bag, which is less septic.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • But what had amused me then turned septic on the air now.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • I hang suspended, until a septic truth bleeds toward clarity.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • There’s a hole dug out back for a septic tank.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Of course, no one said anything, their boss being touchier than a septic bum boil.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl

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  • He’d always believed his childhood was sterile, but the knowledge Macon and Ruth had given him wrapped his memory of it in septic sheets, heavy with the odor of illness, misery, and unforgiving hearts.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • The botched surgery, the catastrophic post-op wound infection that turned septic, shut down her kidneys, threw her into liver failure, ate through the new surgical flap and forced the surgeons to slice off not only the flap but yet more of what remained of her left cheek and part of her jawbone as well.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • And there was considerable pain while the wound healed under the unusually septic conditions in the hospitals of that day.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Everything septic.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • The well-equipped colonial houses had latrines with septic tanks, but two thirds of the population lived in shanties at the edge of the swamps and relieved themselves in the open air.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • 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
  • a BMW suddenly swallowed up by an ancient septic tank in Woodside, a loose buffalo strolling down Taraval Street.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • "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
  • My momma didn’t have any, Mark didn’t have any, and Sam made his, but I could fall face first in a septic tank and come out smelling like a rose of Sharon.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • With sewage systems and septic tanks.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • 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
  • As Mr Cardinal had indicated, M. Dupont had not arrived in a good temper; I cannot recall now all the various things that had upset him since his arrival in England a few days previously, but in particular he had obtained some painful sores on his feet while sightseeing around London and these, he feared, were growing septic.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • The only flaw was that the Glen Oriole sewers had insufficient outlet, so that waste remained in them, not very agreeably, while the Avonlea cesspool was a Waring septic tank.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • …benefits of anesthesia or twilight sleep, the prolongation of labour pains in advanced gravidancy by reason of pressure on the vein, the premature relentment of the amniotic fluid (as exemplified in the actual case) with consequent peril of sepsis to the matrix, artificial insemination by means of syringes, involution of the womb consequent upon the menopause, the problem of the perpetration of the species in the case of females impregnated by delinquent rape, that distressing manner…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He remembered many other patients who had died, along with their lab data, and remembered vividly three young Haitians who had worked with him on the first health census of Cange: Acéphie, picked off by malaria, Michelet by typhoid, Ti-tap Joseph by puerperal sepsis.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • His breath was moist and smelled like a septic tank.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • After she lost all that blood, risk of sepsis, not to speak of psychological shock!
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • 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
  • "It … swelled up and got septic," I say after a pause.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • No septic duty for Rowan’s hero.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • I didn’t get to know her well till we were interns in the septic ward.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • 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
  • Because of the way they miss the vital part and yet make convincingly bloody gouges, you’d think that they were surgeons, but they’re not as clever as they think, and a third of them die of sepsis.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Sondelius’s wild flaxen hair was almost gray, but he had the same bull shoulders, the same wide brow, and the same tornado of plans to make the world aseptic, without neglecting to enjoy a few of the septic things before they should pass away.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Benson and Tricket, Albert the dentist, all eight members of the town council, including Tully and Jed, the mayor and the staff from the Chamber of Commerce, the entire school board, all nine county commissioners, the volunteers from the Historical Society, three accountants, the entire crew from Herbs, the bartender from Lookilu, the barber, and even Toby, who emptied septic tanks for a living but looked remarkably spiffy nonetheless.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • "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
  • "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
  • 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
  • Septic doody’ … that’s a good one, Bel!
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • We did our summons after dark, at a twenty-foot-long pit in front of the septic tank.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • The hospital’s old septic tank was located here, deep underground, and for years it had overflowed before it was taken out of use.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The most advanced medicine in the world, a shot that would keep a belly-wound from becoming septic and increase healing rates four-fold was going for ten dollars a case.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Her form shivered and the ghosts disappeared, leaving us alone with a pit, a Happy Flush septic tank, and a cold full moon.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Anecdotal evidence in Bangladesh and other countries suggests that loosening controls over antibiotics and encouraging women to take them postpartum will reduce death from sepsis.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • In spite of everything they might do sepsis was almost inevitable, but now it was the shock and the hemorrhage he couldn’t lick.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • The slippers in the story mean that everything you see and do and touch, every seed you sow, or don’t sow, becomes part of your destiny …. I met Hema in the septic ward at Government General Hospital in India, in Madras, and that brought me to this continent.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • For a moment I saw the world through his eyes, his intellect, his sweeping vision that took in Hippocrates, Pavlov, Freud, and Marie Curie, the discovery of streptomycin and penicillin, Landsteiner’s blood groups; a vision that recalled the septic ward where he wooed Hema, and Theater 3 where he was the reluctant surgeon; a vision that recapitulated our birth and looked to the future, looked past his life to the end of mine and beyond.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • But the one I wanted to be just like for the longest time was the one who beat me up every other Thursday, who chased me around and around the house with a slingshot loaded with chinaberries, who lied and told me that a sunk-in septic tank outside the house was really an unmarked grave, who rigged up a trapeze in the barn and let me go first, to test the ropes, and who hid with me under that bed in that big, hateful house, and, as the tears rolled down my face, put his arm around my…
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
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