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 fasciitis (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, mentioned in the posts, is a rare infection caused by flesh-eating bacteria that could potentially cause death, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 2 July 2021 Plantar fasciitis is one of the most uncomfortable ailments you — and your feet — can experience. Tim Kohut, BGR, 1 July 2021 Plantar fasciitis can be tricky and can take a long time to resolve. New York Times, 5 June 2021 Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the tissues between your toes and your heels. Outdoor Life, 25 Jan. 2021 Necrotizing fasciitis, or flesh-eating bacteria, can infect a new tattoo, which can lead to the loss of a limb. New York Times, 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, 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, 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 Dec. 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 25 Oct. 2021.

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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 fasciitis (audio) , -​ˈsīt-​ How to pronounce fasciitis (audio) \

Medical Definition of fasciitis

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


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