neu·ri·tis | \nu̇-ˈrī-təs, nyu̇-\
plural neuritides\nu̇-ˈri-tə-ˌdēz, 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

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Other Words from neuritis

neuritic \nu̇-ˈri-tik, nyu̇- \ adjective or noun

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Idiopathic trigeminal neuritis is the technical diagnosis. Dawn Filos,, "Medical Mystery: What caused dog to have trouble closing his jaw, drinking water?," 15 Dec. 2017 Vestibular neuritis, an inflammatory disorder of nerves in the inner ear. Fortune, "Bitcoin Price Tumbles on This Potential Threat In China," 9 Sep. 2017 Fulmer may miss the remainder of the season after a recurrence of ulnar neuritis in his right elbow. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Jordan Zimmermann receives another neck injection," 8 Sep. 2017 Throwing again: Injured relievers Zach Putnam (right elbow inflammation) and Nate Jones (right elbow neuritis) have started throwing on flat ground. Colleen Kane,, "Kevan Smith learning art of quick adjustments after another White Sox call-up," 11 May 2017 Jones has been on the disabled list since May 1 with right elbow neuritis. Colleen Kane,, "White Sox reliever Nate Jones has season-ending arm surgery," 13 July 2017 The White Sox placed reliever Nate Jones on the disabled list Thursday with elbow neuritis and called up left-hander David Holmberg from Triple-A Charlotte. Paul Sullivan,, "White Sox reliever Nate Jones goes on 10-day DL; Carlos Rodon to 60-day DL," 4 May 2017 Reports of the side effect peripheral neuritis—painful inflammation of the peripheral nerves—were published in the December 1960 issue of the British Medical Journal. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Woman Who Stood Between America and an Epidemic of Birth Defects," 8 May 2017 While awaiting Merrell’s response in early 1961, Kelsey read a letter in the British Medical Journal mentioning a possible side effect of thalidomide: peripheral neuritis, a painful tingling in the arms and feet. Nancy Kriplen, Discover Magazine, "The Heroine of the FDA," 6 Feb. 2017

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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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neu·ri·tis | \n(y)u̇-ˈrīt-əs \
plural neuritides\-ˈrit-ə-ˌdēz \ 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 \ adjective

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