myo·​car·​di·​tis | \ ˌmī-ə-(ˌ)kär-ˈdī-təs How to pronounce myocarditis (audio) \

Definition of myocarditis

: inflammation of the myocardium

Examples of myocarditis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These include dehydration, ear infections, pneumonia and even inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis) and brain (encephalitis). Hallie Levine, New York Times, "This Flu Season Is Looking Rough for Kids," 19 Apr. 2020 And several reports show about 20% of critically ill patients suffer an inflammation of the heart and its surrounding tissue known as myocarditis, as well as heart rhythm dysfunction and other injuries to the heart. Maggie Fox, CNN, "NIH Covid-19 treatment guidelines warn against drug combo pushed by Trump," 21 Apr. 2020 Inflammation can also cause a condition known as myocarditis, which can lead to the weakening of the heart muscle and, ultimately, heart failure. Markian Hawryluk, Scientific American, "Heart Damage in COVID Patients Puzzles Doctors," 6 Apr. 2020 Clinicians in China and New York have reported myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, and, more dangerous, irregular heart rhythms that can lead to cardiac arrest in covid-19 patients. Anchorage Daily News, "Coronavirus destroys lungs. But doctors are finding its damage in kidneys, hearts and elsewhere.," 16 Apr. 2020 Enteroviruses also include poliovirus, coxsackievirus (which causes myocarditis, or heart inflammation) and EV-D68, a virus that has been linked to acute flaccid myelitis. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "A Newly Identified Protein May Be the Key to Vanquishing the Common Cold," 17 Sep. 2019 In March 2017, the coroner revealed that the singer died of natural causes and suffered a dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver. Maria Pasquini,, "George Michael's Sister Melanie Found Dead on Christmas, Exactly 3 Years After His Death," 27 Dec. 2019 Kelsey Nobles, 18, of Mobile, Alabama, died April 23 from a probable cardiac arrhythmia due to myocarditis — in other words, an abnormal heartbeat caused by inflammation of the heart muscle. John Keilman,, "Mother of Great Lakes recruit who died during boot camp run seeks second autopsy, saying Navy has offered few answers on sickle cell-related death," 5 Nov. 2019 Dangerous ones, such as the inflammation of the heart muscle, called myocarditis, are extremely rare. Laurie Mcginley, Washington Post, "New cancer treatments have perplexing side effects," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of myocarditis

circa 1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for myocarditis

New Latin

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19 May 2020

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“Myocarditis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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myo·​car·​di·​tis | \ ˌmī-ə-(ˌ)kär-ˈdīt-əs How to pronounce myocarditis (audio) \

Medical Definition of myocarditis

: inflammation of the myocardium

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