my·​e·​li·​tis | \ ˌmī-ə-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce myelitis (audio) \
plural myelitides\ -​ˈli-​tə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce myelitides (audio) \

Definition of myelitis

: inflammation of the spinal cord or of the bone marrow

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In 2014, experts first noticed a link between myelitis—inflammation of the spinal cord—and the enterovirus D68 strain. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "Another Burst of Polio-Like Cases in Children Alarms Doctors," 5 Nov. 2018 For the growing number of parents whose child has been diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, (AFM), that complex scientific term becomes part of everyday language. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Mysterious paralyzing illness leaves Washington families reeling," 19 Oct. 2018 Health officials call the condition acute flaccid myelitis. Mike Stobbe, The Seattle Times, "Cases of mysterious paralyzing illness reported in 22 states," 16 Oct. 2018 The condition, called acute flaccid myelitis or AFM, has potentially sickened 191 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The outbreak of acute flaccid myelitis, the polio-like illness affecting kids: what we know," 30 Oct. 2018 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 62 patients in 22 states have been confirmed so far this year with the debilitating condition, called acute flaccid myelitis or AFM. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Cases of Rare Neurological Condition Rise in U.S.," 16 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of myelitis

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for myelitis

New Latin

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my·​e·​li·​tis | \ ˌmī-ə-ˈlīt-əs How to pronounce myelitis (audio) \
plural myelitides\ -​ˈlit-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce myelitides (audio) \

Medical Definition of myelitis

: inflammation of the spinal cord or of the bone marrow

Other Words from myelitis

myelitic \ -​ˈlit-​ik How to pronounce myelitic (audio) \ adjective

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