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

Definition of colitis

: inflammation of the colon

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The Twins definitely have some problems with their starting rotation following the suspension of Michael Pineda and Kyle Gibson’s season-long bout with colitis. Paul Hoynes,, "Pressure: Can Cleveland Indians win enough of their last 18 games to make playoffs?," 9 Sep. 2019 In the case of colitis, that includes the standard 10 mg dose twice a day. John Fauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "FDA didn't act as forcefully as European regulators on safety concerns over Pfizer drug," 3 July 2019 Humira, which treats rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and colitis, saw sales slip in the first quarter due to growing biosimilar competition overseas. Washington Post, "AbbVie makes $63B bid for Botox maker Allergan," 25 June 2019 By the late 1940s, dozens of medical journal articles described people with colitis as immature, fastidious, mother-clinging obsessives. Jim Carrier, STAT, "Lobotomies were once used to treat this gut disease, part of a shameful medical history," 12 June 2018 The body of evidence is strongest for IBS, but a 2013 study found hypnotherapy was effective at prolonging remission in colitis patients. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "A Surprise Medical Solution: Hypnosis," 7 May 2018 Patients were sent with diagnoses like lymphocytic colitis, severe diabetes, chronic skin ulcers, severe anemia and kidney disease, colostomy and suicidal thoughts. Stacey Burling,, "Shelters, hospitals 'playing ping pong' with Philadelphia's homeless, sick population," 28 June 2018 When researchers chemically induced inflammatory bowel disease in another group of mice, those exposed to real-world levels of triclosan suffered increased damage to the colon and more-severe symptoms of colitis than did other mice. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, "Triclosan wreaks havoc on the guts of mice," 8 June 2018 Signs and symptoms of colitis may include diarrhea or more bowel movements than usual; stools that are black, tarry, sticky, or have blood or mucus; or severe stomach-area (abdomen) pain or tenderness. Dan Gartland,, "Potential No. 1 Draft Pick Luka Doncic Hits Ankle-Breaking Step-Back Buzzer-Beater," 30 Mar. 2018

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circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

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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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