fas·​ci·​i·​tis ˌfa-shē-ˈī-təs How to pronounce fasciitis (audio) -sē- How to pronounce fasciitis (audio)
variants or less commonly fascitis
: inflammation of a fascia (as from infection or injury) compare necrotizing fasciitis

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web After five back surgeries, an arduous recovery from a near-fatal car accident and recent issues with planter fasciitis, Woods is looking to make a comeback at the Riviera Country Club this week. Laura Blasey, Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2023 To be clear, fasciitis indicates tissue inflammation. Outside Online, 23 Oct. 2018 Necrotizing fasciitis is sometimes called flesh-eating disease. Carma Hassan, CNN, 16 Dec. 2022 Necrotizing fasciitis spreads quickly and can turn into ulcers, blisters or black spots. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 14 Dec. 2022 Necrotizing fasciitis eats away at the skin, muscles, nerves, fat and blood vessels around an infected wound. Jen Christensen, CNN, 22 Oct. 2022 Plantar fasciitis is a type of foot pain that is caused when the tissue connecting your heel and toes becomes inflamed. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 19 July 2022 Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common triggers for heel pain, especially among runners. Susan Brickell, Health.com, 23 Aug. 2021 Plantar fasciitis, also known as Runner’s Heel, is one of the most common injuries among athletes, characterized by a sharp pain in the heel and arch of the foot. Kelly O'mara, Outside Online, 25 Mar. 2014 See More

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fasciitis was in 1893

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Cite this Entry

“Fasciitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fasciitis. Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


fas·​ci·​i·​tis ˌfash-ē-ˈīt-əs How to pronounce fasciitis (audio) fas- How to pronounce fasciitis (audio)
variants also fascitis
: inflammation of a fascia (as from infection or injury)
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