neu·​ri·​tis | \ nu̇-ˈrī-təs How to pronounce neuritis (audio) , nyu̇- \
plural neuritides\ nu̇-​ˈri-​tə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce neuritis (audio) , nyu̇-​ \ or neuritises

Definition of neuritis

: an inflammatory or degenerative lesion of a nerve marked especially by pain, sensory disturbances, and impaired or lost reflexes

Other Words from neuritis

neuritic \ nu̇-​ˈri-​tik How to pronounce neuritis (audio) , nyu̇-​ \ adjective or noun

Examples of neuritis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By 1927, Radium Sulphur Springs had changed its name to Hollywood Mineral Springs, capitalizing on the local product, and now claiming treatments — not cures — for rheumatism, high blood pressure, neuritis and sciatica, and excess weight. Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2021 One of those patients last month was Sonia Mata, who was worried about going to a hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic to be treated for optic neuritis, a condition triggered by lupus that was damaging her eyesight. Laura Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Sep. 2021 As the disease inflames the optic nerve, a condition known as optic neuritis, pain and loss of vision in the affected eye can result. Jack Guy, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 Optic neuritis, the inflammation of the optic nerve, can affect a person’s vision, even if only temporarily. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 11 Apr. 2021 She was diagnosed with brachial neuritis and completed eight months of physical therapy. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 4 Feb. 2021 However, he soon was declared medically unfit for service due to optic neuritis, which is an inflammation of the optic nerve, and got an honorable discharge. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, 12 Sep. 2020 The first possibility is an infection of the vestibular nerve, called vestibular neuritis, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, 12 Aug. 2020 In addition to the wife’s loss of vision, the doctor mentioned peripheral neuritis, nerve pain that is a side effect of thalidomide. Katie Thomas, New York Times, 23 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of neuritis

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neuritis

Greek neûron "sinew, tendon, nerve" + -itis, probably after French névrite or German Neuritis

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The first known use of neuritis was in 1840

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“Neuritis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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neu·​ri·​tis | \ n(y)u̇-ˈrīt-əs How to pronounce neuritis (audio) \
plural neuritides\ -​ˈrit-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce neuritis (audio) \ or neuritises

Medical Definition of neuritis

: an inflammatory or degenerative lesion of a nerve marked especially by pain, sensory disturbances, and impaired or lost reflexes — compare neuralgia

Other Words from neuritis

neuritic \ -​ˈrit-​ik How to pronounce neuritis (audio) \ adjective

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