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

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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 She was diagnosed with brachial neuritis and completed eight months of physical therapy. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "'The worst possible time': HHS gives cold shoulder to victims of common vaccine injury," 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, "Amy McGrath: Mitch McConnell was 'desperate' to criticize her on 9/11," 12 Sep. 2020 The first possibility is an infection of the vestibular nerve, called vestibular neuritis, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "11 Causes of Sudden Dizzy Spells," 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, "The Story of Thalidomide in the U.S., Told Through Documents," 23 Mar. 2020 Kirby missed all of 2016 after having his elbow reconstructed, then nearly all of 2017 due to ulnar neuritis. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers top-10 prospect Tristen Lutz is on track again after muscle repair surgery," 5 Mar. 2020 He was diagnosed with mild ulnar neuritis in his surgically repaired right elbow. Los Angeles Times, "Angels designate struggling pitcher Matt Harvey for assignment," 19 July 2019 Ross is on the 10-day IL with right elbow ulnar neuritis. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit Tigers believe they can keep Miguel Cabrera healthy at DH," 6 June 2019 Jordan Zimmermann missed about six weeks with a UCL sprain in his right elbow and Tyson Ross (right ulnar nerve neuritis) remains on the shelf. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Spencer Turnbull on IL: 'We’re not going to risk anything'," 28 June 2019

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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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20 Feb 2021

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“Neuritis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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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