appendicitis

noun
ap·​pen·​di·​ci·​tis | \ ə-ˌpen-də-ˈsī-təs How to pronounce appendicitis (audio) \

Definition of appendicitis

: inflammation of the vermiform appendix

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After returning home, he was rushed to the emergency room and diagnosed with appendicitis. Kellen Becoats, SI.com, "As the Storm Ready for the Playoffs, Coach Dan Hughes Reflects on His Fight with Cancer," 30 Aug. 2019 In the emergency department at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Dr. Ali Raja recently had an appendicitis patient who needed intravenous morphine or low-dose Dilaudid. Linda A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "The other opioid crisis: Hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 28 June 2018 An Opinion article on June 30 about end-of-life care misstated the likelihood that African-American children with appendicitis would receive opioid medications for pain, compared with white children. New York Times, "Corrections: July 14, 2019," 13 July 2019 In the emergency department at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Dr. Ali Raja recently had an appendicitis patient who needed intravenous morphine or low-dose Dilaudid. Linda A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "The other opioid crisis: Hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 28 June 2018 In the emergency department at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Dr. Ali Raja recently had an appendicitis patient who needed intravenous morphine or low-dose Dilaudid. Washington Post, "US hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 27 June 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce appendicitis (audio) \

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 How to pronounce appendicitis (audio) \

Medical Definition of appendicitis

: inflammation of the vermiform appendix

called also epityphlitis

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