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 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 These babies had advanced cases of necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC, that clinician said. Bryant Furlow, ProPublica, 5 Apr. 2021 The exosome research Zhou and Chen stole can be used to develop treatments for a variety of illnesses, including necrotizing enterocolitis (a condition found in premature babies), liver cancer, and liver fibrosis. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, 20 Apr. 2021 That is sometimes a sign of an inflammatory condition of the intestines, called necrotizing enterocolitis or NEC, that’s a leading cause of hospital deaths among extremely preterm babies. Bryant Furlow, ProPublica, 30 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 16 Feb. 2021 See More

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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 6 Jul. 2022.

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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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