en·​tero·​co·​li·​tis ˌen-tə-rō-kə-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce enterocolitis (audio)
: enteritis affecting both the large and small intestine

Examples of enterocolitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, cost varies by gestational age and weight, and averages $120 per day.) Prolacta funded and administered research that showed that use of the fortifier significantly reduced the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis in extremely premature infants, and the product took off. Sushma Subramanian, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 What is necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)? Dallas News, 3 Feb. 2022 The network also showed researchers previously unknown links between maternal conditions and newborn risk — for example, chronic illness in mothers may lead to greater risk of newborns developing necrotizing enterocolitis, a serious GI condition. Lizzy Lawrence Reprints, STAT, 16 Feb. 2023 On January 25, 2021, Baby Sanders developed necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a potentially fatal gastrointestinal disease. Dallas News, 3 Feb. 2022 Some parents have claimed the companies did not adequately warn parents of the potential for those products to cause necrotizing enterocolitis in premature babies, Abrams said. Ana Faguy, USA TODAY, 15 July 2022 Also, the bacteria has been associated with severe intestinal infection (necrotizing enterocolitis) and blood poisoning (sepsis), especially in newborns. Chris Smith, BGR, 23 June 2022 But most of that milk is distributed through hospitals for preterm babies, to help lower the risk of serious health complications like necrotizing enterocolitis — a dangerous intestinal disorder. New York Times, 20 May 2022 That’s because the smallest infants are at risk for a devastating digestive complication called necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC. Sonja Sharpstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 See More

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

circa 1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of enterocolitis was circa 1857

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“Enterocolitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enterocolitis. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


en·​tero·​co·​li·​tis ˌent-ə-rō-kə-ˈlīt-əs How to pronounce enterocolitis (audio)
: enteritis affecting both the large and small intestine

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