nephritis

noun
ne·​phri·​tis | \ ni-ˈfrī-təs How to pronounce nephritis (audio) \
plural nephritides\ ni-​ˈfri-​tə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce nephritis (audio) \

Definition of nephritis

: acute or chronic inflammation of the kidney caused by infection, degenerative process, or vascular disease

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Recent Examples on the Web Symptoms of lupus nephritis include foamy urine, joint pain, swelling, and, in some cases, kidney failure, which may need to be treated with dialysis or a kidney transplant, the National Institutes of Health explain. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "Selena Gomez Embraces Her Kidney Transplant Scar in a New Photo," 25 Sep. 2020 In 1912, as Curran’s father, George Pollard, lay dying from nephritis, the women began playing with the Ouija board. Joy Lanzendorfer, Longreads, "Ghost Writer: The Story of Patience Worth, the Posthumous Author," 14 June 2018 Kidney problems, including nephritis and kidney failure. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Potential No. 1 Draft Pick Luka Doncic Hits Ankle-Breaking Step-Back Buzzer-Beater," 30 Mar. 2018 Kidney problems, including nephritis and kidney failure. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Potential No. 1 Draft Pick Luka Doncic Hits Ankle-Breaking Step-Back Buzzer-Beater," 30 Mar. 2018 Kidney problems, including nephritis and kidney failure. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Potential No. 1 Draft Pick Luka Doncic Hits Ankle-Breaking Step-Back Buzzer-Beater," 30 Mar. 2018 Kidney problems, including nephritis and kidney failure. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Potential No. 1 Draft Pick Luka Doncic Hits Ankle-Breaking Step-Back Buzzer-Beater," 30 Mar. 2018 Kidney problems, including nephritis and kidney failure. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Potential No. 1 Draft Pick Luka Doncic Hits Ankle-Breaking Step-Back Buzzer-Beater," 30 Mar. 2018 Kidney problems, including nephritis and kidney failure. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Potential No. 1 Draft Pick Luka Doncic Hits Ankle-Breaking Step-Back Buzzer-Beater," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of nephritis

1566, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nephritis

Late Latin, from Greek, from nephros kidney; probably akin to Middle English nere kidney

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“Nephritis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nephritis. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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nephritis

noun
ne·​phri·​tis | \ ni-ˈfrīt-əs How to pronounce nephritis (audio) \
plural nephritides\ -​ˈfrit-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce nephritis (audio) \

Medical Definition of nephritis

: acute or chronic inflammation of the kidney affecting the structure (as of the glomerulus or parenchyma) and caused by infection, a degenerative process, or vascular disease — compare nephrosclerosis, nephrosis

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