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 Documents published by the FDA this week reveal that during that time, talks with the regulator yielded changes to how Novavax described the risk of allergic reactions and a rare heart inflammation side effect known as myocarditis or pericarditis. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 21 July 2022 Last June, the US Food and Drug Administration added a warning about risk of myocarditis and a related inflammatory condition called pericarditis to information sheets for the Covid-19 mRNA vaccines. Maggie Fox, CNN, 25 Aug. 2021 There were also no cases of myocarditis or pericarditis—inflammation of the heart muscle or its lining. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 27 June 2022 There were no cases of myocarditis or pericarditis, conditions involving inflammation of the heart muscle and surrounding tissue that are known risks for young men who receive Moderna or Pfizer coronavirus vaccines. Arkansas Online, 12 June 2022 Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle and pericarditis is inflammation of the heart lining. John Bonifield, CNN, 23 Mar. 2022 Myocarditis occurs when there is inflammation of the heart muscle and pericarditis occurs when there is inflammation of the heart lining. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 23 Mar. 2022 No cases of the heart-inflammation conditions myocarditis and pericarditis, known to be a risk with Covid-19 vaccines for young adult men in particular, were reported in the companies’ studies of the shots for youngsters. Liz Essley Whyte, WSJ, 17 June 2022 No deaths, myocarditis or pericarditis were reported among vaccine recipients, Das said. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 15 June 2022 See More

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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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2 Aug 2022

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“Pericarditis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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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

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