appendicitis

noun
ap·​pen·​di·​ci·​tis | \ ə-ˌpen-də-ˈsī-təs \

Definition of appendicitis

: inflammation of the vermiform appendix

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The hallmark symptom of appendicitis is sudden pain that starts on the right side of your lower abdomen or that starts around your belly button and shifts to your lower right abdomen. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Vomiting Causes to Consider Next Time You’re Really Sick," 18 Jan. 2019 The finding suggests that many appendicitis patients could be spared the risks of surgical procedures, such as infections. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "After century of removing appendixes, docs find antibiotics can be enough," 26 Sep. 2018 Research has also shown antibiotics may work for some children with appendicitis. Lindsey Tanner, The Seattle Times, "Antibiotics for appendicitis? Surgery often not needed," 25 Sep. 2018 The content-licensing deal includes WebMD articles, videos and slideshows covering medical and health topics, such as the side effects of chemotherapy or the symptoms of appendicitis. Shan Li, WSJ, "Chinese Consumers to Get WebMD Content via WeChat," 23 July 2018 Seven of them did not have appendicitis and likely could have avoided surgery. Lindsey Tanner, The Seattle Times, "Antibiotics for appendicitis? Surgery often not needed," 25 Sep. 2018 About one-third had another case of appendicitis and had surgery to take out their appendix. Fox News, "Pills for appendicitis? Surgery often not needed, study says," 25 Sep. 2018 Exactly how a colonoscopy leads to appendicitis isn't clear, Basson said. Steven Reinberg, chicagotribune.com, "Colonoscopy may be linked to increased risk of appendicitis," 8 Feb. 2018 Belt had one at-bat in a 4-0 victory against the Phillies Friday night but was removed in the third inning and taken to a hospital for possible appendicitis. BostonGlobe.com, "Ireland tops United States men’s soccer on late goal," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of appendicitis

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for appendicitis

New Latin

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appendicitis

noun

English Language Learners Definition of appendicitis

medical : a condition in which a person's appendix is painful and swollen

appendicitis

noun
ap·​pen·​di·​ci·​tis | \ ə-ˌpen-də-ˈsī-təs \

Kids Definition of appendicitis

: a condition in which a person's appendix is painful and swollen

appendicitis

noun
ap·​pen·​di·​ci·​tis | \ ə-ˌpen-də-ˈsīt-əs \

Medical Definition of appendicitis

: inflammation of the vermiform appendix

called also epityphlitis

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