fas·ci·i·tis | \ˌfa-shē-ˈī-təs, -sē- \
variants: or less commonly fascitis \fa-ˈshī-təs, -ˈsī- \

Definition of fasciitis 

: inflammation of a fascia (as from infection or injury) — compare necrotizing fasciitis

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Grantham is coming off planter fasciitis that had her in a cast until just a few days ago. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "What went wrong in Alabama's softball loss to Florida," 7 Apr. 2018 Today, Hebard is warning other families to watch for the symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis, such as chills, fever, fatigue and vomiting. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "8-Year-Old Dies From Rare Flesh-Eating Bacteria: Doctors 'Kept Cutting and Hoping', Mother Says," 25 Jan. 2018 Last week, Josue Zurita, a carpenter, became infected with necrotizing fasciitis while working on rebuilding efforts, reports Rachel Siegel for The Washington Post. Rachel Riederer, Smithsonian, "Bacterial Infections Spread in Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico and Texas," 26 Oct. 2017 Several types of bacteria can cause necrotizing fasciitis, according to the National Institutes of Health. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Man who repaired Harvey-flooded homes dies of flesh-eating bacteria," 24 Oct. 2017 Necrotizing fasciitis is a flesh-eating bacteria that kills soft tissue and can progress very quickly. Rachel Riederer, Smithsonian, "Bacterial Infections Spread in Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico and Texas," 26 Oct. 2017 One vaccine won’t work against all the bacterial strains that can cause necrotizing fasciitis. National Geographic, "What Are Flesh-Eating Bacteria, and How Do You Fight Them?," 3 Oct. 2017 Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare disease caused by various types of bacteria, most commonly group A strep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, "Texas Woman Dies After Contracting Flesh-Eating Infection in Harvey Floodwaters," 28 Sep. 2017 Necrotizing fasciitis is the cause of Reed's death recorded by the medical examiner. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Woman dies from flesh-eating bacteria from Harvey-flooded home," 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of fasciitis

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fasciitis

New Latin

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fas·ci·i·tis | \ˌfash-ē-ˈīt-əs, fas- \
variants: also fascitis \fa-ˈshīt-əs, -ˈsīt- \

Medical Definition of fasciitis 

: inflammation of a fascia (as from infection or injury)

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