co·​li·​tis | \ kō-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce colitis (audio) , kə- \

Definition of colitis

: inflammation of the colon

Examples of colitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, certain studies among people with inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's disease and colitis have found foods with these additives may be harmful to your gut health. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "8 of the Best Foods to Eat for a Healthy Gut (Plus 4 to Avoid), According to Experts," 13 Oct. 2020 Ulcerative colitis symptoms can seem like nothing major at first. Anna Borges, SELF, "Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms That Should Be on Your Radar," 10 Sep. 2020 After dealing with colitis last summer, which led to a significant loss of weight, Thomas started all 13 games in 2019. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Ambry Thomas open to returning to Michigan football despite signing with agent," 17 Sep. 2020 Abe suffers from colitis, a non-curable inflammatory bowel disease, which forced him to resign during his first stint as the country's leader from 2006 to 2007. Kaori Enjoji, CNN, "Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to resign for health reasons: NHK," 28 Aug. 2020 Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation and sometimes polyps in the bowels. Arkansas Online, "Japan PM Shinzo Abe says he's resigning for health reasons," 28 Aug. 2020 The colitis has caused political issues for Abe in the past. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resigns due to poor health," 28 Aug. 2020 Despite dealing with colitis last summer and losing a significant amount of weight, Thomas started all 13 games in 2019, recording 38 tackles, three tackles for loss, three interceptions, three passes defended and two fumble recoveries. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football cornerback Ambry Thomas declares for 2021 NFL draft," 20 Aug. 2020 Ulcerative colitis often starts gradually with symptoms becoming worse over time, the NIDDK says. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Questions to Ask Your Doctor After an Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosis," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of colitis

circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

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“Colitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of colitis

medical : an illness that causes pain and swelling in the colon


co·​li·​tis | \ kō-ˈlīt-əs, kə- How to pronounce colitis (audio) \

Medical Definition of colitis

: inflammation of the colon — see ulcerative colitis

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