cho·​le·​cys·​ti·​tis | \ ˌkō-lə-(ˌ)si-ˈstī-təs How to pronounce cholecystitis (audio) \

Definition of cholecystitis

: inflammation of the gallbladder

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According to prison records, the cause of death was cardiac arrest combined with acute cholecystitis, a gallbladder infection that is often the product of trauma. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Rediscovering Natalia Ginzburg," 22 July 2019 If cholecystitis occurs, which is inflammation of the gallbladder, the symptoms include fever and increased pain that won’t go away. Felissa Allard, SELF, "These Are The Pregnancy Pains You Shouldn’t Ignore," 8 July 2019 If the gallstones cause infection in the gallbladder (cholecystitis) or block the flow of bile from the liver to the intestines through the bile duct,fever and chills can be present. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Gallstones can cause complications during pregnancy," 9 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of cholecystitis

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cholecystitis

New Latin, from cholecystis

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The first known use of cholecystitis was in 1866

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cho·​le·​cys·​ti·​tis | \ -(ˌ)sis-ˈtīt-əs How to pronounce cholecystitis (audio) \
plural cholecystitides\ -​ˈtit-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce cholecystitides (audio) \

Medical Definition of cholecystitis

: inflammation of the gallbladder

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