ar·​ter·​i·​tis ˌär-tə-ˈrī-təs How to pronounce arteritis (audio)
plural arteritides ˌär-tə-ˈri-tə-ˌdēz How to pronounce arteritis (audio)
: arterial inflammation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web New headaches in older people should raise the concern of different types of headaches from migraine, especially temporal arteritis. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 21 Feb. 2023 Loss of vision can be caused by giant cell arteritis (inflammation of the arteries), which blocks blood flow specifically to the head, and therefore, the pathways to your eyes. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune, 9 Aug. 2022

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Word History


borrowed from French artérite, from artérie artery + -ite -itis

First Known Use

circa 1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arteritis was circa 1820

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Cite this Entry

“Arteritis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Medical Definition


ar·​ter·​i·​tis ˌärt-ə-ˈrīt-əs How to pronounce arteritis (audio)
plural arteritides -ˈrit-ə-ˌdēz How to pronounce arteritis (audio)
: arterial inflammation see giant cell arteritis
arteritic adjective

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