glos·​si·​tis glä-ˈsī-təs How to pronounce glossitis (audio)
: inflammation of the tongue

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Some symptoms of iron deficiency include fatigue, weakness, dizziness, pale skin and fingernails, headaches and glossitis or an inflamed tongue. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Cdn, Nasm-cpt, Good Housekeeping, 14 July 2021

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Word History


borrowed from New Latin, from Greek glôssa "tongue" + New Latin -itis -itis — more at gloss entry 3

First Known Use

circa 1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of glossitis was circa 1834

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Cite this Entry

“Glossitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

Medical Definition


glos·​si·​tis -ˈsīt-əs How to pronounce glossitis (audio)
: inflammation of the tongue

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