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

Examples of appendicitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The child who was left to die from untreated appendicitis by a system that failed to save her. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "Searching for humanity," 23 Dec. 2020 In the 48 hours before 8-year-old Sarah Brasse died of acute appendicitis alone in her soiled bed, a school counselor, a school nurse and a Schertz police officer alerted Child Protective Services about their fears that she was being neglected. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "Searching for humanity," 23 Dec. 2020 So do the patients with strokes, heart attacks and appendicitis. al, "Cullman hospital ICU hits 150 percent of capacity due to COVID; ‘Getting close to overflowing’," 21 Dec. 2020 The Vikings ruled running back Alexander Mattison out for Sunday's game after the second-year back underwent surgery for appendicitis on Saturday, according to a league source. Ben Goessling, Star Tribune, "Alexander Mattison out for Vikings vs. Jaguars after appendix surgery," 5 Dec. 2020 The shortage would affect not only COVID-19 patients but those who need emergency treatment after accidents or for appendicitis, heart attacks or strokes. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "California sets record with most COVID-19 hospitalizations since pandemic began," 29 Nov. 2020 On the journey, Camilla suffers from appendicitis and dies under the knife of the ship’s surgeon, a fugitive counterfeiter named Sinisterra, traveling incognito. Christopher Beha, Harper's Magazine, "Because God Did Not Relax," 27 Oct. 2020 Bryant stepped in for starting tight end Austin Hooper, who was out with an appendicitis. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Any message from Baker Mayfield looking confident, offense humming? – Terry Pluto’s Browns postgame scribbles," 26 Oct. 2020 Full disclosure: The Browns' Austin Hooper originally was featured in this column about surprise injuries — before he was diagnosed with appendicitis and underwent surgery, the team announced Friday. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Fantasy football lineups for Week 7: Avoid the ‘Q Continuum’ and ride with a healthy Chris Godwin and Phillip Lindsay," 23 Oct. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appendicitis. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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appendicitis

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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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