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meningitis

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noun men·in·gi·tis \ˌme-nən-ˈjī-təs\

Simple Definition of meningitis

  • medical : a serious and often deadly disease in which an outside layer of the brain or spinal cord becomes infected and swollen

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of meningitis

plural

meningitides

play \-ˈji-tə-ˌdēz\
  1. 1 :  inflammation of the meninges and especially of the pia mater and the arachnoid

  2. 2 :  a disease marked by inflammation of the meninges that is either a relatively mild illness caused by a virus (as various Coxsackie viruses) or a more severe life-threatening illness caused by a bacterium (as the meningococcus)

meningitic

play \-ˈji-tik\ adjective

Examples of meningitis in a sentence

  1. She was diagnosed with spinal meningitis.



Origin and Etymology of meningitis

New Latin


First Known Use: 1824


Medical Dictionary

meningitis

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noun men·in·gi·tis \ˌmen-ən-ˈjīt-əs\

Medical Definition of meningitis

plural

meningitides

\-ˈjit-ə-ˌdēz\play
  1. :  inflammation of the meninges and especially of the pia mater and the arachnoid; specifically :  a disease marked by inflammation of the meninges that is either a relatively mild illness caused by a virus (such as various Coxsackieviruses) or a more severe usually life-threatening illness caused by a bacterium (especially the meningococcus, Neisseria meningitides, or the serotype designated B of Haemophilus influenzae) Meningitis is often marked by fever, headache, vomiting, malaise, and stiff neck, and if left untreated in bacterial forms, may progress to confusion, stupor, convulsions, coma, and death.





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