bur·​si·​tis | \(ˌ)bər-ˈsī-təs \

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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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 De La Rosa to DL The Diamondbacks placed left-handed reliever Jorge De La Rosa on the 10-day disabled list for bursitis in his right Achilles’ tendon. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Chase Field springs a leak during Friday's Diamondbacks-Marlins game," 2 June 2018 Gay, who has been battling right heel bursitis, has not played since Dec. 28, should give the Spurs an extra body to use at Leonard’s position. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs notebook: Teammates understand Leonard’s caution," 22 Feb. 2018 With center Dwight Powell out because of bursitis in his left knee, the Mavericks struggled to get much going inside. Michael Wagaman, star-telegram, "Mavericks beat Kings to end 5-game skid amid protests | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 28 Mar. 2018 Synovial sarcoma is a slow-growing cancer that typically attacks the soft tissues near large joints and, in some cases, is initially misdiagnosed as arthritis or bursitis, according to the Mayo Clinic. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "A teenager dying of cancer had a final wish: To marry his childhood sweetheart," 29 Jan. 2018 Koehler, 31, was on the disabled list for one month last season because of bursitis in his right shoulder. Bill Shaikin, latimes.com, "Dodgers' Tom Koehler suffers possible shoulder injury," 2 Mar. 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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bur·​si·​tis | \(ˌ)bər-ˈsīt-əs \

Medical Definition of bursitis 

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

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