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 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, "‘I’m overwhelmed’: PG&E power outage leaves the ill and disabled struggling," 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, "North Carolina Dad Uses Billboard to Thank Hospital That Treated His 3-Year-Old Son," 15 Aug. 2019 The infection, called osteomyelitis, causes inflammation of the bone, and generally affects the bones in the legs, arms, or spine. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "'Deadliest Catch' Captain Keith Colburn Will Miss The Rest of the Fishing Season Due to a Spinal Infection," 7 June 2018 Bryce Fisher, of Fruitland, has chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis, which causes his immune system to attack healthy bones, his mother, Carolyn Anderson, told The Independent Enterprise. Caitlin Keating, PEOPLE.com, "'Isolated' Idaho Teen Can't Go Outside Because of His Rare Disease: 'He Is Lonely,' Says Mom," 20 Feb. 2018 According to the Minnesota Department of Health, one of the children was hospitalized with septicemia, a blood infection, and osteomyelitis, a bone infection, the FDA said. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Three pet products recalled over potential salmonella contamination," 11 Feb. 2018 The Chicago Tribune reported that he had been treated for osteomyelitis, a bone infection, among other health problems. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Jerry Krause, Who Gave Michael Jordan His Supporting Cast, Dies at 77," 21 Mar. 2017 Even internal injuries are now treated here, including the late effects of radiation, osteomyelitis, and crush injuries. For Kentuckyone, The Courier-Journal, "Do you have a wound that just won’t heal?," 5 July 2017

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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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20 Nov 2019

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“Osteomyelitis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/osteomyelitis. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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 osteomyelitides (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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