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 Ulcerative colitis, one form of IBD, is no different. Kathryn Watson, SELF, 17 Nov. 2021 Several weeks after the colitis subsided and the mice recovered, the researchers used their on/off switch to reactivate the neurons — and triggered a similar inflammatory response in the colon. Quanta Magazine, 8 Nov. 2021 Ulcerative colitis medications Certain medications can reduce or suppress your ulcerative colitis symptoms and reduce your risk for colon cancer. Jennifer Larson, SELF, 3 Nov. 2021 Severe ischemia can turn into ischemic colitis which causes inflammation of the colon and can cause ulcers. Kasandra Brabaw,, 28 Sep. 2021 These estimates are broad because IBS symptoms can overlap with other gastric conditions like food intolerances, colitis, and or even gallstone pain. Laken Brooks, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Scientists concluded that dietary gluten intake during adulthood was not linked to a risk of microscopic colitis, aka inflammation of the colon lining, which was another potential concern. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, 2 June 2021 Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine, caused by the immune system's overactive response, where the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and develops tiny ulcers, according to Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Joelle Goldstein,, 2 June 2021 Angel, who served as choir director, organist, bookkeeper and church counselor, died in 1970 of colitis at age 49 at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland. Bill Lubinger, cleveland, 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of colitis

circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of colitis was circa 1860

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“Colitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of colitis

: 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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