peritonitis


peri·to·ni·tis

noun \ˌper-ə-tə-ˈnī-təs\

medical : a serious condition in which the covering of the stomach, intestines, and nearby organs becomes swollen and infected

Full Definition of PERITONITIS

:  inflammation of the peritoneum

Origin of PERITONITIS

New Latin
First Known Use: 1776

peri·to·ni·tis

noun \ˌper-ət-ən-ˈīt-əs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PERITONITIS

: inflammation of the peritoneum

peritonitis

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Inflammation of the peritoneum (see abdominal cavity), with pus accumulating between the parietal and the visceral peritoneum, abdominal pain and distension, vomiting, and fever. It may be acute or chronic, local or generalized. Acute peritonitis usually results from inflammation elsewhere (e.g., by spread of bacterial infection). Primary peritonitis often comes from a perforated gastrointestinal tract, as with rupture in appendicitis. Control of the source problem may be followed by remission, adhesions, or abscesses (much rarer since the development of antibiotics).

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