bur·​si·​tis | \ (ˌ)bər-ˈsī-təs How to pronounce bursitis (audio) \

Definition of bursitis

: inflammation of a bursa (as of the shoulder or elbow)

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A bursa is a little pouch filled with fluid that sits between a tendon and a bone. When the fluid becomes infected by bacteria or irritated by too much movement, bursitis results. Throwing a baseball too many times at one session, for example, may inflame and irritate one of the bursae (notice the plural form) in the shoulder. Bursitis in another part of the body may be known by a traditional name such as "housemaid's knee", "soldier's heel", or "tennis elbow". Bursitis generally goes away after a few weeks of resting the affected area, and the pain can be treated with ice packs and aspirin.

Examples of bursitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most common of these injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, or bursitis of the shoulder or elbows. Susan Wagner, NBC News, 5 July 2022 Taijuan Walker also had an IL stint earlier this season with shoulder bursitis. Sean Farrell, USA TODAY, 19 May 2022 My general practitioner diagnosed trochanteric bursitis and recommended stretches plus Voltaren cream to reduce the pain. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 5 May 2022 The most common causes of knee pain include bursitis, meniscus tears, arthritis and sprained ligaments. Ebony Williams, ajc, 18 Apr. 2022 Manager Torey Lovullo said the tests revealed shoulder inflammation; Ahmed said last year he had been diagnosed with bursitis and biceps tendinitis. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 28 Mar. 2022 As a freshman, he was sidelined because of bursitis. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 The Heat continue to report point guard Kyle Lowry as probable, listing him with bursitis in his right elbow, with the elbow visibly swollen in a wake of his nine-assist performance in the victory in Brooklyn. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 29 Oct. 2021 Ahmed said the discomfort, which has been diagnosed as bursitis and biceps tendinitis, can be traced back to the injury that bothered him for much of last year. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 26 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bursitis

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bursitis

New Latin, from bursa

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“Bursitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bursitis. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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