- apoplectiform septicemia
: a highly infectious disease of gallinaceous birds caused by a bacterium (Streptococcus gallinarum) and characterized by depression, listlessness, and a staggering gait usually followed by prostration and death
* * *apoplectiform septicemia,a fatal disease of poultry, with symptoms like those in apoplexy. It is caused by streptococci that invade the bloodstream.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.