my·e·li·tis | \ˌmī-ə-ˈlī-təs \
plural myelitides\-ˈli-tə-ˌdēz \

Definition of myelitis 

: inflammation of the spinal cord or of the bone marrow

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Schechter was diagnosed with idiopathic transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spine. Nadia Kounang, CNN, "Getting off opioids with medical marijuana: Patients turn to pot over pills," 29 Apr. 2018 Ten years ago, attorney Marc Schechter developed a sudden painful condition known as transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "Gupta to Jeff Sessions: Medical marijuana could save many addicted to opioids," 24 Apr. 2018 For four years, her doctor prescribed the 61-year-old a wide range of opioids for her transverse myelitis, a debilitating disease that caused pain, muscle weakness and paralysis. Washington Post, "Medical Marijuana’s ‘Catch-22’: Fed Limits On Research Hinder Patients’ Relief," 12 Apr. 2018 Well before this incident in the 1980s, the clinical recommendation was that infants and small children should never receive such injections in the buttocks, due to rare clinical reports of transverse myelitis. Mark E. Bruley,, "Medical Mystery: Why was toddler left paralyzed by routine injection?," 15 Sep. 2017 Transverse myelitis is an inflammation of a section of the spinal cord, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Victoria Arlen Went From Being Paralyzed to Competing on DWTS," 27 Sep. 2017 Worse, as in this child’s highly unusual case, such blockage can cause transverse myelitis — inflammation of the spinal cord — leading to paralysis. Mark E. Bruley,, "Medical Mystery: Why was toddler left paralyzed by routine injection?," 15 Sep. 2017 After a visit to the emergency room, doctors diagnosed Liz with transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord, which left her paralyzed from the waist down. Sheeka Sanahori, USA TODAY, "Swimming with the sharks: Kids take physical therapy to the aquarium," 8 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of myelitis

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for myelitis

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my·e·li·tis | \ˌmī-ə-ˈlīt-əs \
plural myelitides\-ˈlit-ə-ˌdēz \

Medical Definition of myelitis 

: inflammation of the spinal cord or of the bone marrow

Other Words from myelitis

myelitic \-ˈlit-ik \ adjective

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