bursitis

noun
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 In his rookie year of 2018-19, DiVincenzo dealt with bilateral heel bursitis in his right foot which limited him to 27 games and ended his season early. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 May 2021 Jaylen Brown missed his second straight game with left shoulder bursitis, while Kemba Walker rested his left knee on the second night of Boston's back-to-back after beating Phoenix on Thursday. Brian Mahoney, ajc, 24 Apr. 2021 Jaylen Brown missed his second straight game with left shoulder bursitis, while Kemba Walker rested his left knee on the second night of Boston's back-to-back after beating Phoenix on Thursday. Brian Mahoney, ajc, 24 Apr. 2021 Jaylen Brown missed his second straight game with left shoulder bursitis, while Kemba Walker rested his left knee on the second night of Boston's back-to-back after beating Phoenix on Thursday. Brian Mahoney, ajc, 24 Apr. 2021 Jaylen Brown missed his second straight game with left shoulder bursitis, while Kemba Walker rested his left knee on the second night of Boston's back-to-back after beating Phoenix on Thursday. Brian Mahoney, ajc, 24 Apr. 2021 Jaylen Brown missed his second straight game with left shoulder bursitis, while Kemba Walker rested his left knee on the second night of Boston's back-to-back after beating Phoenix on Thursday. Brian Mahoney, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 Jaylen Brown missed his second straight game with left shoulder bursitis, while Kemba Walker rested his left knee on the second night of Boston’s back-to-back after beating Phoenix on Thursday. Brian Mahoney, courant.com, 23 Apr. 2021 Pseudarthrosis — a condition that occurs following an unsuccessful spinal fusion surgery — bursitis and bicep tendinitis in her shoulders came later, along with carpal tunnel syndrome and severe sciatic pain. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2021

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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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8 Jun 2021

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“Bursitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bursitis. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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bursitis

noun
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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