noun \fli-ˈbī-təs\

Definition of PHLEBITIS

:  inflammation of a vein


New Latin
First Known Use: circa 1834


noun \fli-ˈbīt-əs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural phle·bit·i·des \-ˈbit-ə-ˌdēz\

Medical Definition of PHLEBITIS

: inflammation of a vein


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Inflammation of the wall of a vein. Causes include nearby infection, trauma, surgery, and childbirth. The area over the vein is painful, swollen, red, and hot. A tender, cordlike mass may be felt under the skin. It usually occurs in surface veins in the lower leg and can be treated with pain relievers and bed rest, with mild exercise after inflammation subsides. Phlebitis can last for years; in such cases, irritation of the vein's inner lining leads to blood-clot formation, a condition known as thrombophlebitis (see thrombosis). In deeper veins, this requires anticoagulants to prevent embolisms.


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