noun \ni-ˈfrī-təs\
plural ne·phrit·i·des \-ˈfri-tə-ˌdēz\

Definition of NEPHRITIS

:  acute or chronic inflammation of the kidney caused by infection, degenerative process, or vascular disease


Late Latin, from Greek, from nephros kidney; probably akin to Middle English nere kidney
First Known Use: 1566


noun \ni-ˈfrīt-əs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural ne·phrit·i·des \-ˈfrit-ə-ˌdēz\

Medical Definition of NEPHRITIS

: acute or chronic inflammation of the kidney affecting the structure (as of the glomerulus or parenchyma) and caused by infection, a degenerative process, or vascular disease—compare nephrosclerosis, nephrosis


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Inflammation of the kidneys. There are numerous kinds, involving different kidney tissues. The most common type is Bright disease. Symptoms vary with the type of nephritis; severe cases can result in kidney failure. Causes include infection, allergy or autoimmune disease, blockage in the urinary system, and hereditary diseases. Treatment addresses the cause where possible.


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