esoph·​a·​gi·​tis i-ˌsä-fə-ˈjī-təs How to pronounce esophagitis (audio) -ˈgī- How to pronounce esophagitis (audio)
plural esophagitides i-ˌsä-fə-ˈji-tə-ˌdēz How to pronounce esophagitis (audio)
: inflammation of the esophagus

Examples of esophagitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The study also found that eosinophilic esophagitis — a rare type of food allergy that causes inflammation in the esophagus — affects a larger proportion of nonwhite children than previously thought. Kaitlin Sullivan, NBC News, 25 July 2023 In rare cases, children may go on to develop a fifth allergy, called eosinophilic esophagitis, by 35 months old. Kaitlin Sullivan, NBC News, 25 July 2023 Impact of Inflamation In the study, Kerry Dunbar, M.D., Ph.D., and her colleagues looked at 12 patients who had esophagitis (when the esophagus becomes irritated and swollen), a complication that isn't seen in every GERD patient. Chelsey Hamilton, Health, 9 Mar. 2023 People with a history of Zenker’s diverticulum, dysphagia, esophageal stricture, eosinophilic esophagitis, or achalasia. Korin Miller, Health, 10 Feb. 2023 Most patients have garden-variety problems, such as stomach ulcers or esophagitis (inflammation in the esophagus from acid reflux), that can lead to hematemesis; these troubles are generally easily managed. Douglas G Adler, Discover Magazine, 15 Apr. 2021 One of the late-stage candidates – Etrasimod – is used to treat ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and eosinophilic esophagitis, and its potential peak sales are estimated to top $2.5 billion. Trefis Team, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of esophagitis was circa 1900

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Cite this Entry

“Esophagitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British oesophagitis
: inflammation of the esophagus
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