hepatitis

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noun hep·a·ti·tis \ˌhe-pə-ˈtī-təs\

Definition of hepatitis

plural

hepatitides

play \ˌhe-pə-ˈti-tə-ˌdēz\ also

hepatitises

play \ˌhe-pə-ˈtī-tə-səz\
  1. 1 :  inflammation of the liver

  2. 2 :  a disease or condition (such as hepatitis A or hepatitis B) marked by inflammation of the liver

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The liver, the body's largest gland, performs many important tasks, but is also vulnerable to many illnesses. At least five types of hepatitis, labeled with the letters A–E, are caused by viruses. The most common are hepatitis A, acquired through contaminated food and water; hepatitis B, which usually travels via sexual activity or shared needles; and hepatitis C, generally passed through shared needles. Some other types, including alcoholic hepatitis (caused by drinking too much alcohol), aren't infectious. There are vaccines for types A and B, and drug treatments for A, B, and C, though the drugs aren't always effective.

Origin and Etymology of hepatitis

New Latin


HEPATITIS Defined for English Language Learners

hepatitis

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Definition of hepatitis for English Language Learners

  • medical : a serious disease of the liver that causes fever and makes your skin and eyes yellow


HEPATITIS Defined for Kids

hepatitis

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noun hep·a·ti·tis \ˌhe-pə-ˈtī-təs\

Definition of hepatitis for Students

  1. :  a disease which is caused by a virus and in which the liver is damaged and there is yellowing of the skin and fever


Medical Dictionary

hepatitis

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noun hep·a·ti·tis \ˌhep-ə-ˈtīt-əs\

Medical Definition of hepatitis

plural

hepatititides

\-ˈtit-ə-ˌdēz\play also

hepatitises

\-ˈtīt-ə-səz\
  1. 1:  inflammation of the liver

  2. 2:  a disease or condition (as hepatitis A or hepatitis B) marked by inflammation of the liver

hepatitic

\-ˈtit-ik\play adjective


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