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Noun: childbed fever  'chI(-u)ld,bed 'fee-vu(r)
  1. Serious form of septicemia contracted by a woman during childbirth or abortion (usually attributable to unsanitary conditions); formerly widespread but now uncommon
    - puerperal fever

Type of: blood poisoning, septicaemia [Brit, Cdn], septicemia [N. Amer]

Encyclopedia: Childbed fever