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

Definition of pericarditis

: inflammation of the pericardium

Examples of pericarditis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Through that time, fewer than 800 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis (inflammation of the tissue around the heart), have been reported after receiving the vaccine, according to the CDC, most of them after the second dose. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, 13 June 2021 The signs and symptoms of pericarditis typically are a stabbing or a sharp chest pain that's persistent. CBS News, 13 June 2021 Among 16-to-17-year-olds, who had received 2.3 million doses, there had been 79 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis reported through VAERS. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 12 June 2021 The Oregon Health Authority is aware of at least 11 cases in Oregon of myocarditis or pericarditis, inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart, following COVID-19 vaccinations. oregonlive, 9 June 2021 Researchers have recently detected an increase in case reports of pericarditis — swelling of the tissue surrounding the heart — and myocarditis — inflammation of the heart muscle — among the vaccinated population. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 May 2021 Myocarditis and pericarditis are conditions that involve inflammation in and around the heart. NBC News, 24 May 2021 Studies early in the pandemic showed a high prevalence of cardiac abnormalities in COVID-19 in hospitalized, and pericarditis is swelling and irritation of thin tissue around the heart, according to the Mayo Clinic. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 5 Mar. 2021 Three had myocarditis, which is heart inflammation, and two had pericarditis, which is swelling of the tissue that surrounds the heart. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pericarditis.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of pericarditis

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pericarditis

New Latin

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pericarditis

Time Traveler for pericarditis

Time Traveler

The first known use of pericarditis was in 1777

See more words from the same year

Statistics for pericarditis

Last Updated

15 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Pericarditis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for pericarditis


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

Medical Definition of pericarditis

: inflammation of the pericardium — see adhesive pericarditis

More from Merriam-Webster on pericarditis

Britannica English: Translation of pericarditis for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about pericarditis


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!