fas·​ci·​i·​tis | \ ˌfa-shē-ˈī-təs How to pronounce fasciitis (audio) , -sē- How to pronounce fasciitis (audio) \
variants: or less commonly fascitis \ fa-​ˈshī-​təs How to pronounce fascitis (audio) , -​ˈsī-​ \

Definition of fasciitis

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Necrotizing fasciitis, or flesh-eating bacteria, can infect a new tattoo, which can lead to the loss of a limb. New York Times, "Have You Given Yourself a Tattoo Yet?," 15 May 2020 Streptococcus A is the bacteria that causes most cases of nectrotizing fasciitis, but Shamoon noted that other types of bacteria, including staph, clostridium, E.coli, and pseudomonas, also can lead to the infection. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Wanna swim? Here's how to protect yourself from bacteria, parasites," 4 July 2019 Whitehead, a diabetic, apparently is more susceptible to contracting necrotizng fasciitis because of her diabetic condition, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Flesh-eating bacteria gives Florida woman a fight for her life after swim at the beach: report," 8 Nov. 2019 Planter Fasciitis Exercises Doctors treat more than two million cases of planter fasciitis a year, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Mallory Creveling, Health.com, "10 Top Trending Workouts of 2019, According to Google," 10 Dec. 2019 This time, she was diagnosed with the flesh-eating necrotizing fasciitis. cleveland, "As the Affordable Care Act’s future remains in doubt, accumulating evidence suggests it’s made people healthier," 30 Sep. 2019 Ricky Rutherford, 41, was enjoying a day at Second Creek in Waterloo with family and friends when he was infected with necrotizing fasciitis, wife Cassey Rutherford told NBC affiliate WAFF. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Alabama Man Gets Flesh-Eating Bacteria on Kayaking Trip: 'Stay Out of the River!'," 18 July 2019 Symptoms, treatment & prevention Early symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis include a red or swollen area of skin that spreads quickly, severe pain and fever. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Florida man has 25% of his skin stripped from his body in his fight against flesh-eating bacteria," 27 Aug. 2019 Necrotizing fasciitis is a bacterial infection that spreads quickly in the body and can lead to sepsis, shock and organ failure, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Alabama Man Gets Flesh-Eating Bacteria on Kayaking Trip: 'Stay Out of the River!'," 18 July 2019

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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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“Fasciitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fasciitis. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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fas·​ci·​i·​tis | \ ˌfash-ē-ˈīt-əs How to pronounce fasciitis (audio) , fas- How to pronounce fasciitis (audio) \
variants: also fascitis \ fa-​ˈshīt-​əs How to pronounce fascitis (audio) , -​ˈsīt-​ How to pronounce fascitis (audio) \

Medical Definition of fasciitis

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

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