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 Of 18 babies with necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC — an inflammatory intestinal disorder and leading cause of extremely preterm newborn hospital deaths — who were transferred to UNM since 2012, 15 came from Lovelace. Bryant Furlow, ProPublica, "How We Investigated Death Rates for Extremely Preterm Babies in This State’s Largest Maternity Hospitals," 30 Mar. 2021 Human milk lowers the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis, an intestinal disease that is a leading cause of death in N.I.C.U.s. Malia Wollan, New York Times, "How to Donate Breast Milk," 16 Feb. 2021 Every year, about 260 of the tiniest premature babies in California hospitals develop an often-fatal bowel disease known as necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New nonprofit breast milk bank launches in San Diego," 19 Nov. 2020 The medical examiner’s report, obtained by Bridge Michigan, listed two complications contributing to the infant’s death: necrotizing enterocolitis, in which bacteria causes inflammation and infection in the bowels, and COVID-19. Detroit Free Press, "Michigan baby whose death was tied to COVID-19 had other serious health troubles," 18 Sep. 2020 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

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Enterocolitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enterocolitis. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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