meningitis

noun men·in·gi·tis \ ˌme-nən-ˈjī-təs \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of meningitis

plural meningitides play \-ˈji-tə-ˌdēz\
:inflammation of the meninges and especially of the pia mater and arachnoid; specifically :a disease marked by inflammation of the meninges that is either a relatively mild illness caused by a virus (such as various Coxsackieviruses) or a more severe usually life-threatening illness caused by a bacterium (especially the meningococcus, Neisseria meningitides, or the serotype designated B of Haemophilus influenzae)
Note: Meningitis is often marked by fever, headache, vomiting, malaise, and stiff neck, and if left untreated in bacterial forms, may progress to confusion, stupor, convulsions, coma, and death.

meningitic

play \-ˈji-tik\ adjective

Examples of meningitis in a Sentence

  1. She was diagnosed with spinal meningitis.

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Origin and Etymology of meningitis

New Latin


MENINGITIS Defined for English Language Learners

meningitis

noun

Definition of meningitis for English Language Learners

  • medical : a serious and often deadly disease in which an outside layer of the brain or spinal cord becomes infected and swollen


Medical Dictionary

meningitis

noun men·in·gi·tis \ ˌmen-ən-ˈjīt-əs \

medical Definition of meningitis

plural meningitides play \-ˈjit-ə-ˌdēz\
:inflammation of the meninges and especially of the pia mater and the arachnoid; specifically :a disease marked by inflammation of the meninges that is either a relatively mild illness caused by a virus (such as various Coxsackieviruses) or a more severe usually life-threatening illness caused by a bacterium (especially the meningococcus, Neisseria meningitides, or the serotype designated B of Haemophilus influenzae)
Note: Meningitis is often marked by fever, headache, vomiting, malaise, and stiff neck, and if left untreated in bacterial forms, may progress to confusion, stupor, convulsions, coma, and death.


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