my·​e·​li·​tis | \ ˌmī-ə-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce myelitis (audio) \
plural myelitides\ ˌmī-​ə-​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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Transverse myelitis is one of several conditions that involve inflammation of nerve cells that can occur in people using biologics. John Fauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A drug's most dangerous side effects often aren't discovered until it's on the market," 18 July 2019 The illness is called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, and is marked by the sudden onset of limb weakness (usually upper limb), paralysis, and spinal lesions seen on MRI scans. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Mysterious illness that paralyzes healthy kids prompts plea from CDC," 10 July 2019 There's a new government warning about acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, a serious polio-like illness that mainly strikes young children. Victoria Albert, CBS News, "AFM still a "bit of a mystery" amid peak season for polio-like illness," 10 July 2019 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday urged doctors to learn to recognize early signs of a polio-like condition in children, called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), and move quickly to collect lab samples for investigators. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Doctors urged to look for early signs of polio-like acute flaccid myelitis in kids," 9 July 2019 His condition, called acute flaccid myelitis, is thought to be caused by infection from viruses in the same family as the germ that causes polio. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD students restore motion to five-year-old boy’s arms," 15 June 2019 Meningitis, encephalitis and myelitis are all potentially deadly conditions in which the brain or spinal cord become inflamed due to an attack on the body by its own immune system or infection by an outside pathogen like a virus. Erin Allday,, "UCSF tool uses DNA to identify hard-to-find sources of infection," 12 June 2019 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

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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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