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- Antibacterial : Substance that destroys bacteria or suppresses their growth or reproduction.
- Bacteria : A major group of single-celled microorganisms.
- Central venous catheterization : Surgical procedure used for inserting a medical tube into one of the large veins of the body.
- Deep venous thrombosis : The formation of a blood clot ("thrombus") in a deep vein.
- Hematopoietic stem cell transplant : Transplantation of blood stem cells derived from the bone marrow or blood, most often performed for people with diseases of the blood and cancer.
- Ignaz Semmelweis : (1 July 1818 - 13 August 1865) Hungarian-born pioneer of antisepsis in obstetrics, and demonstrated that many cases of infection could be prevented.
- Peritonitis : An inflammation of the peritoneum (the serous membrane which lines part of the abdominal cavity and some of the viscera it contains).
- Procalcitonin : A precursor of the hormone calcitonin, which is involved with calcium homeostasis, and is produced by the C-cells of the thyroid gland.
- Septic shock : Serious medical condition caused by decreased tissue perfusion and oxygen delivery as a result of infection and sepsis.
- Toxoplasma gondii : Species of parasitic protozoa in the genus Toxoplasma, acts as a causative agent for toxoplasmosis, which can have serious or even fatal effects on a fetus whose mother first contracts the disease during pregnancy or on an immunocompromised human.
- Vibrio vulnificus : Gram-negative, motile, curved, rod-shaped bacteria present in marine environments, capable of causing septicemia in individuals with an underlying chronic disease, as well as causing wound infections to persons who handle shellfish.