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appendicitis

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noun ap·pen·di·ci·tis \ə-ˌpen-də-ˈsī-təs\

Simple Definition of appendicitis

  • medical : a condition in which a person's appendix is painful and swollen

Full Definition of appendicitis

  1. :  inflammation of the vermiform appendix

Origin of appendicitis

New Latin


First Known Use: 1886


APPENDICITIS Defined for Kids

appendicitis

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noun ap·pen·di·ci·tis \ə-ˌpen-də-ˈsī-təs\

Definition of appendicitis

  1. :  a condition in which a person's appendix is painful and swollen




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appendicitis

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noun ap·pen·di·ci·tis \ə-ˌpen-də-ˈsīt-əs\

Medical Definition of appendicitis

  1. :  inflammation of the vermiform appendix—called also epityphlitis




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