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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.

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Recent Examples on the Web This offer is valid only for townsfolk with proof of dropsy, mumps, polio, lumbago, colitis, bursitis, bites of the wolf most vile, and other afflictions covered under the purview of Clifton’s marvellous medical menagerie. Evan Waite, The New Yorker, "Dr. Clifton’s Fantastical Miracle Elixir Return Policy," 19 May 2020 Limited to just 411 minutes over 27 games last season due to bilateral heel bursitis in his right foot, DiVincenzo has blossomed into a critical rotation player and part-time starter this season, logging 741 minutes in 33 games. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 127, Spurs 118: Giannis and Brook Lopez took over and then everyone got involved," 4 Jan. 2020 Also, center Robert Williams was sidelined with left hip bursitis. BostonGlobe.com, "Marcus Morris," 2 Nov. 2019 The injections also are commonly prescribed for people who have pain due to other disorders, such as tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, gout, bursitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Mayo Clinic News Network, chicagotribune.com, "Treating osteoarthritis with corticosteroid injections," 4 Oct. 2019 DiVincenzo had his rookie season cut short by bilateral heel bursitis and will not participate in any games in Las Vegas. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks summer league roster includes Sterling Brown, D.J. Wilson, but not Donte DiVincenzo," 1 July 2019 The 93-year-old, who has hip bursitis, used his 5-wood to make a hole-in-one on the third hole last month at Green Valley. Brandon Hannahs, USA TODAY, "93-year-old caps his golf career with hole-in-one," 18 May 2018 This is the second stint on the DL for Tropeano because of a shoulder problem that recently was diagnosed as bursitis. Jeff Miller, latimes.com, "Tyler Skaggs could return Thursday for the Angels, Nick Tropeano not quite yet," 11 July 2018 Gay missed 23 games beginning in December while dealing with bursitis in his right heel. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Sporting a clean bill of health, Gay plots next move," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of bursitis was in 1857

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28 May 2020

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“Bursitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bursitis. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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

Medical Definition of bursitis

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

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