enterocolitis

noun
en·​tero·​co·​li·​tis | \ˌen-tə-rō-kə-ˈlī-təs \

Definition of enterocolitis 

: enteritis affecting both the large and small intestine

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One example is necrotizing enterocolitis, a common intestinal condition among premature infants that can lead to life-threatening infections. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "Trump Administration Cancels Research Contract for Fetal Tissue," 25 Sep. 2018 Researchers estimate that 12 percent of preterm infants weighing less than 3.3 pounds will develop necrotizing enterocolitis and that 30 percent of them will not survive. Ferris Jabr, Scientific American, "Do Probiotics Really Work?," 1 July 2017 Studies have shown that human milk can also protect against necrotizing enterocolitis, a disease that causes serious damage to babies’ intestines. Michael Alison Chandler, Washington Post, "Neonatal facilities increasingly use donated breast milk to save premature babies," 10 Sep. 2017 Breastmilk has been shown to considerably reduce the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis, a gut infection that mainly affects premature babies and has a high mortality rate. Anna Claire Vollers, AL.com, "Rise in donated breast milk raises questions of fairness across Alabama," 19 July 2017 Researchers estimate that 12 percent of preterm infants weighing less than 3.3 pounds will develop necrotizing enterocolitis and that 30 percent of them will not survive. Ferris Jabr, Scientific American, "Do Probiotics Really Work?," 26 June 2017 Ginhoux and his colleagues also note that high levels of TNF-alpha are common in some types of miscarriage, gestational diabetes, and necrotizing enterocolitis, an out-of-control immune reaction that often afflicts premature infants. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "A fetus needs to defend itself against foreign bodies—so how does it avoid attacking its mother?," 14 June 2017 Immune-boosting factors of breast milk also work to ward off development of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a devastating intestinal disorder that affects 12 percent of premature babies and claims the lives of one in four. Joan Kurkowski-gillen Photos By Glen E. Elllman, star-telegram.com, "Lil’ Scrappers," 26 Apr. 2017 Patients also have a high risk of getting enterocolitis, or inflammation of the colon and the small intestine. Dr. Manny Alvarez, Fox News, "How could you have severe constipation from birth?," 27 June 2017

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First Known Use of enterocolitis

circa 1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for enterocolitis

New Latin

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enterocolitis

noun
en·​tero·​co·​li·​tis | \ˌent-ə-rō-kə-ˈlīt-əs \

Medical Definition of enterocolitis 

: enteritis affecting both the large and small intestine

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