peri·​car·​di·​tis ˌper-ə-ˌkär-ˈdī-təs How to pronounce pericarditis (audio)
: inflammation of the pericardium

Examples of pericarditis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Studies show higher risk of myocarditis after COVID-19 infection To bolster his case, the Twitter user pointed USA TODAY to another study conducted in Israel that found no increased incidence of pericarditis or myocarditis in adult patients recovering from COVID-19 infection. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 9 Mar. 2023 Hamler announced on social media that he was diagnosed with the heart condition pericarditis. Tyler Dragon, USA TODAY, 31 July 2023 In addition, there was no pericarditis, multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children or death in the study. Bydr. Kerry Kennedy Meltzer Andsony Salzman, ABC News, 29 Apr. 2022 That’s also how myocarditis and pericarditis were detected as rare possible side effects after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna Covid-19 mRNA vaccines. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 One of the children had previously suffered from pericarditis unrelated to Covid vaccination. Helen Branswell, STAT, 9 Jan. 2022 The incidence of myocarditis and pericarditis after Covid vaccination is low and most patients make a full recovery, a large international study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital found. Berkeley Lovelace Jr., NBC News, 5 Dec. 2022 Among the five cases in older people, only one was considered serious, involving a 69-year-old who suffered pericarditis and was hospitalized for one day. Yamil Berard, ajc, 24 June 2021 There appears to be a small risk of heart conditions known as myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination, particularly in men 16 and older, the organization’s website states. Caroline Catherman, Orlando Sentinel, 10 Oct. 2022

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pericarditis was in 1777

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“Pericarditis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


peri·​car·​di·​tis -ˌkär-ˈdīt-əs How to pronounce pericarditis (audio)
plural pericarditides -ˈdit-ə-ˌdēz How to pronounce pericarditis (audio)
: inflammation of the pericardium see adhesive pericarditis

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