lar·​yn·​gi·​tis | \ ˌler-ən-ˈjī-təs How to pronounce laryngitis (audio) , ˌla-rən- \

Definition of laryngitis

: inflammation of the larynx

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Other Words from laryngitis

laryngitic \ ˌler-​ən-​ˈji-​tik How to pronounce laryngitis (audio) , ˌla-​rən-​ \ adjective

Examples of laryngitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Megaughey, who reads 10 to 20 books a day out loud and has, on several occasions, ended up with laryngitis, would love parents to partake in story time. Stephanie Fairyington, New York Times, "6 Things That Drive Day Care Workers Crazy," 19 Apr. 2020 In the episode, which originally aired Dec. 19, 1969, mom Carol Brady's laryngitis threatens her ability to sing at a church service, so Cindy asks a department-store Santa Claus to restore her voice. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Susan Olsen on HGTV's 'Brady Bunch' holiday reunion: 'Always a blast to be with my siblings'," 13 Dec. 2019 The letter stated that Sanders had suffered several ailments during his life, including gout, diverticulitis, superficial skin cancers, and laryngitis from acid reflux., "Senator Bernie Sanders was hospitalized and treated for an artery blockage and is canceling his events for the coming days, a campaign official said on Wednesday.," 3 Oct. 2019 Injuries eligible for compensation include certain health conditions such as chronic respiratory disorder, asthma, chronic laryngitis and certain types of cancer. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "9/11 attack tied to cardiovascular risk in firefighters, study says," 6 Sep. 2019 Ebony Ollison worked at a call center in Dallas and, after coming down with laryngitis, couldn't talk to customers over the phone. Jamie Hancock, Dallas News, "New Dallas Republican wants Allred's seat, Texas House drama, Democratic debate tonight," 30 July 2019 Her voice was hoarse and sometimes barely audible, which the court said was due to laryngitis. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Backs Virginia Ban on Uranium Mining," 17 June 2019 Croup is usually caused by a viral infection, like parainfluenza virus, which can also cause laryngitis in adults, Gina Posner, M.D., a pediatrician at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, Calif., tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "HGTV's Tarek and Christina El Moussa's Son Was Hospitalized for Croup," 16 Oct. 2018 This backwash can irritate the lining of your esophagus and cause symptoms like heartburn, chest pain, difficulty swallowing, feeling like there’s a lump in your throat, a chronic cough, laryngitis, and disrupted sleep. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Gastrointestinal Issues That Can Affect You During Pregnancy," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of laryngitis

1815, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for laryngitis

New Latin

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English Language Learners Definition of laryngitis

medical : a disease in which your throat and larynx become sore so that it is difficult to talk


lar·​yn·​gi·​tis | \ ˌler-ən-ˈjī-təs How to pronounce laryngitis (audio) \

Kids Definition of laryngitis

: swelling and irritation of the larynx in which the voice becomes hoarse or weak and the throat sore


lar·​yn·​gi·​tis | \ ˌlar-ən-ˈjīt-əs How to pronounce laryngitis (audio) \
plural laryngitides\ -​ˈjit-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce laryngitis (audio) \

Medical Definition of laryngitis

: inflammation of the larynx

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