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

Definition of cholecystitis

: inflammation of the gallbladder

Examples of cholecystitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 87-year-old justice underwent non-surgical treatment for what the court described as acute cholecystitis, a benign gall bladder condition, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Mark Sherman, Anchorage Daily News, 6 May 2020 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, 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, 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,, 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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“Cholecystitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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 cholecystitis (audio) \

Medical Definition of cholecystitis

: inflammation of the gallbladder

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