noun \ˌfa-rən-ˈjī-təs\
plural phar·yn·git·i·des\-ˈji-tə-ˌdēz\

Definition of PHARYNGITIS

:  inflammation of the pharynx

First Known Use of PHARYNGITIS

circa 1844


noun \ˌfar-ən-ˈjīt-əs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural phar·yn·git·i·des \-ˈjit-ə-ˌdēz\

Medical Definition of PHARYNGITIS

: inflammation of the pharynx


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Inflammation and infection (usually bacterial or viral) of the pharynx. Symptoms include pain (sore throat, worse on swallowing), redness, swollen lymph nodes, and fever. Throat culture may be the only way to distinguish infection with streptococcus bacteria (strep throat), which can cause rheumatic fever if not treated in time with antibiotics, from viral infections, which do not respond to antibiotics and require only symptom relief.


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