neuritis


neu·ri·tis

noun \n-ˈrī-təs, ny-\
plural neu·rit·i·des\-ˈri-tə-ˌdēz\ or neu·ri·tis·es

Definition of NEURITIS

:  an inflammatory or degenerative lesion of a nerve marked especially by pain, sensory disturbances, and impaired or lost reflexes
neu·rit·ic \-ˈri-tik\ adjective or noun

Origin of NEURITIS

New Latin
First Known Use: 1840

neu·ri·tis

noun \n(y)-ˈrīt-əs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural neu·rit·i·des \-ˈrit-ə-ˌdēz\ or neu·ri·tis·es

Medical Definition of NEURITIS

: an inflammatory or degenerative lesion of a nerve marked especially by pain, sensory disturbances, and impaired or lost reflexes—compare neuralgia
neu·rit·ic \-ˈrit-ik\ adjective

neuritis

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Inflammation of one or several nerves. The cause may be mechanical, vascular, allergic, toxic, metabolic, or viral. Symptoms—tingling, burning, or stabbing pains with sensory nerves and anything from muscle weakness to paralysis with motor nerves—are usually confined to the part of the body served by the inflamed nerve. In Bell palsy, facial nerve inflammation causes a characteristic facial muscle distortion. Analgesics can relieve the pain. Once the underlying cause is treated, recovery is usually rapid but may be incomplete in severe cases, with residual motor and sensory disturbances. See also neuralgia.

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