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Definition of peritonitis

: inflammation of the peritoneum

Examples of peritonitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McKenna told jurors to disregard the death certificate, which blamed the death on sepsis and peritonitis due to a colon perforated by a feeding tube, which his client had inserted. Christopher Goffardstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2022 But some coronaviruses, like the feline infectious peritonitis virus, take evasion to the next level: exploitation. Donald S. Burke, STAT, 18 Feb. 2022 This then would result in the inflammation of your peritoneum, the lining of the insides of your abdomen, called peritonitis, which can be a life-threatening condition and is a surgical emergency. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 In 1926, magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit of peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix., 31 Oct. 2021 Cause of death: rupture of the bladder, owing in part to acute peritonitis. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 Suffered from serious illnesses throughout childhood, spending one year in the hospital due to peritonitis and two years in a sanitarium for pleurisy. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 23 June 2021 The famous magician, illusionist, and entertainer died from peritonitis caused by a ruptured appendix, but multiple contradicting reports caused quite the mystery around his death. Lauren Smith Mcdonough And Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 14 Aug. 2020 What starts out as a relatively mild gastrointestinal infection eventually causes serious peritonitis (inflammation of the membrane lining the abdominal wall) in some animals. Quanta Magazine, 29 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of peritonitis

1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peritonitis

New Latin

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11 Jun 2022

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“Peritonitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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Medical Definition of peritonitis

: inflammation of the peritoneum

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