os·​te·​o·​my·​e·​li·​tis | \ ˌä-stē-ō-ˌmī-ə-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce osteomyelitis (audio) \

Definition of osteomyelitis

: an infectious usually painful inflammatory disease of bone often of bacterial origin that may result in the death of bone tissue

Examples of osteomyelitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When Kaline was 8, he was diagnosed with osteomyelitis, and 2 inches of bone was removed from his left foot. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, 5 Aug. 2021 With the image, the researchers were able to diagnose the mystery lesions not as cancer, but as osteomyelitis. Jill Langlois, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Nov. 2020 Aureliano thought preparing thin tissue samples could help others further study osteomyelitis for purposes beyond just paleontology. Jill Langlois, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Nov. 2020 Bacterial dermatitis is a skin infection, tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendons, and osteomyelitis is an inflammation of bones. Karl Schneider, USA TODAY, 5 Dec. 2020 In addition to a suite of bacteria in the birds, veterinarians there diagnosed the birds with bacterial dermatitis, tendinitis and osteomyelitis, Kerr wrote. Karl Schneider, USA TODAY, 5 Dec. 2020 He had been hampered since childhood by the bone disease osteomyelitis. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Apr. 2020 The 39-year-old is a paraplegic and has osteomyelitis, a bone condition that requires him to move around using a power wheelchair. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, 10 Oct. 2019 He was diagnosed with a staph infection that had caused osteomyelitis (an infection in the bone) in his femur, ankle, and foot. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 15 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of osteomyelitis

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for osteomyelitis

New Latin

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“Osteomyelitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/osteomyelitis. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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os·​teo·​my·​eli·​tis | \ -ˌmī-ə-ˈlīt-əs How to pronounce osteomyelitis (audio) \
plural osteomyelitides\ -​ə-​ˈlit-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce osteomyelitis (audio) \

Medical Definition of osteomyelitis

: an infectious usually painful inflammatory disease of bone that is often of bacterial origin and may result in death of bone tissue

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