peri·​car·​di·​tis | \ ˌper-ə-ˌkär-ˈdī-təs How to pronounce pericarditis (audio) \

Definition of pericarditis

: inflammation of the pericardium

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Then colchicine, which has unusual anti-inflammatory properties, proved effective as a treatment for gout, and eventually became a second-line therapy for pericarditis. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Clinical Trials, Health Care Startup for the Poor, The Cost of CHIP," 6 Jan. 2018 The viral condition which caused the player to suffer from pericarditis has totally vanished, according to Diario AS sources, but the right back has not yet been discharged from hospital., "Dani Carvajal Could Return to Training Before End of October as Heart Condition Improves Drastically," 12 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of pericarditis

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pericarditis

New Latin

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The first known use of pericarditis was in 1777

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peri·​car·​di·​tis | \ -ˌkär-ˈdīt-əs How to pronounce pericarditis (audio) \
plural pericarditides\ -​ˈdit-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce pericarditides (audio) \

Medical Definition of pericarditis

: inflammation of the pericardium — see adhesive pericarditis

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