enterocolitis

noun
en·​tero·​co·​li·​tis | \ ˌen-tə-rō-kə-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce enterocolitis (audio) \

Definition of enterocolitis

: enteritis affecting both the large and small intestine

Examples of enterocolitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Donor milk has been shown to help protect babies against necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a medical condition that preemies are especially susceptible to, in which bacteria invade portions of the intestines and can destroy the wall of the bowel. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz Africa, "Kenya hopes its first human milk bank will save infants’ lives," 13 Aug. 2019 In a seminal 2009 study in Pediatrics, for example, Greenberg's colleague Michael Cotten showed that each additional day of antibiotics significantly increased the odds that a preemie would develop necrotizing enterocolitis or die. Marla Broadfoot, Science | AAAS, "Too many antibiotics can give preemies a lifetime of ill health," 5 Apr. 2018 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enterocolitis. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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enterocolitis

noun
en·​tero·​co·​li·​tis | \ ˌent-ə-rō-kə-ˈlīt-əs How to pronounce enterocolitis (audio) \

Medical Definition of enterocolitis

: enteritis affecting both the large and small intestine

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