glomerulonephritis

noun
glo·​mer·​u·​lo·​ne·​phri·​tis | \glə-ˌmer-(y)ə-lō-ni-ˈfrī-təs \
plural glomerulonephritides\ glə-​ˌmer-​(y)ə-​lō-​ni-​ˈfri-​tə-​ˌdēz \

Definition of glomerulonephritis 

: acute or chronic nephritis that involves inflammation of the capillaries of the renal glomeruli, has various causes (such as streptococcal infection, lupus, or vasculitis) or may be of unknown cause, and is marked especially by blood or protein in the urine and by edema, and if untreated may lead to kidney failure

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His son Daniel Johnson, 25, donated his organ to Eddie Johnson, who was diagnosed with glomerulonephritis, an acute inflammation of the kidney. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Top cop 'making great progress,' is released from hospital after kidney transplant," 2 Sep. 2017

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circa 1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of glomerulonephritis was circa 1886

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glomerulonephritis

noun
glo·​mer·​u·​lo·​ne·​phri·​tis | \-ˌmer-(y)ə-lō-ni-ˈfrīt-əs \
plural glomerulonephritides\ -​ˈfrit-​ə-​ˌdēz \

Medical Definition of glomerulonephritis 

: acute or chronic nephritis that involves inflammation of the capillaries of the renal glomeruli, has various causes (such as streptococcal infection, lupus, or vasculitis) or may be of unknown cause, is marked especially by blood or protein in the urine and by edema, and if untreated may lead to kidney failure Glomerulonephritis, diabetic nephropathy, and hypertension are the major causes of human kidney failure that lead to dialysis or transplantation.— Wayne A. Border et al., Science & Medicine, January/February 1995

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