bursitis

noun

bur·​si·​tis (ˌ)bər-ˈsī-təs How to pronounce bursitis (audio)
: 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 Also, bursitis, tendinitis, and chronic strain are overuse injuries that may also cause painful joints. Dr. Roshini Raj, Health, 9 Feb. 2024 With Jarred Vanderbilt sidelined because of left heel bursitis, Reddish has been getting some extra playing time. Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2023 As a result, the knee brace is not only a good choice for issues like arthritis and bursitis but also for people who want to use it for working out. Jack Byram, Verywell Health, 15 Sep. 2023 Pain in the neck and shoulder radiating down the neck causes more concern for compression of a nerve in the neck than bursitis. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 25 Aug. 2023 Detroit ended up being thinner at center than expected, as Plumlee was a late scratch with bursitis in his right elbow. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 12 Feb. 2021 These injuries—which include rotator cuff tears, tendonitis, bursitis, and frozen shoulder—occur when doctors or nurses inject patients too high in the shoulder or choose an inappropriate needle length, and the vaccine causes an inflammatory reaction resulting in injury. Leah Durant, Fortune, 6 Sep. 2020 Besides muscle pulls, I’d be concerned about bone lesions, nerve compression, trauma to the soft tissues in the joint (such as a labral tear), bursitis or blockages in the arteries to the hip. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 4 Jan. 2022 Guard Romeo Langford is questionable with left heel bursitis after returning to action Sunday following a 12-game absence due to an injured hamstring. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from bursa

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bursitis was in 1857

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“Bursitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bursitis. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

bursitis

noun
bur·​si·​tis (ˌ)bər-ˈsīt-əs How to pronounce bursitis (audio)
: inflammation of a bursa (as of the shoulder or elbow)

Medical Definition

bursitis

noun
bur·​si·​tis (ˌ)bər-ˈsīt-əs How to pronounce bursitis (audio)
: inflammation of a bursa (as of the shoulder or elbow)

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