co·​li·​tis kō-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce colitis (audio)
: inflammation of the colon

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Attendant with that but not necessarily related to it were migraines, ulcerated colitis, and a removed gall bladder. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Mar. 2021 After those six years, Wilson did not want to be the face of Crohn's and colitis in Arkansas any more, and Trulock resigned. Rachel O'neal, Arkansas Online, 29 Jan. 2023 Food allergies, constipation, eating something wrong, bacterial or viral infection, colitis, or injuries are among the most typical causes of a dog pooping blood. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 17 Oct. 2022 The most common health conditions that probiotics may help prevent or treat include: allergies, diarrhea, constipation, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and colitis. Dallas News, 13 Dec. 2022 Asymptomatic: There is no cure for asymptomatic colitis, although many people with the condition report that their symptoms have improved. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 13 Oct. 2022 Ulcerative colitis is an intestinal auto-immune disease causing inflammation and ulcers, which can bleed. Jennifer Welsh, Discover Magazine, 2 Dec. 2010 Replicate is also developing self-replicating mRNA to treat inflammatory and autoimmune disorders like arthritis and colitis, by encoding proteins that essentially soak up inflammatory cytokines. Jonathan Wosen, STAT, 18 Nov. 2022 Since collagenous colitis can be triggered by smoking and anti-inflammatory drugs like naproxen, these need to be avoided. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 8 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of colitis was circa 1860

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Cite this Entry

“Colitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


co·​li·​tis kō-ˈlīt-əs, kə- How to pronounce colitis (audio)
: inflammation of the colon see ulcerative colitis

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