peritonitis

noun
peri·​to·​ni·​tis | \ ˌper-ə-tə-ˈnī-təs How to pronounce peritonitis (audio) \

Definition of peritonitis

: inflammation of the peritoneum

Examples of peritonitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Houdini died on Halloween 1926 from peritonitis caused by a ruptured appendix. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Houdini spent 4 years in Milwaukee, where he delivered the Daily Journal and learned how to hold his breath in the Milwaukee River," 10 Dec. 2019 In 1926, magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit of peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history - The Boston Globe," 31 Oct. 2019 Cynthia died of peritonitis in 1933, leaving behind three children. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "What Was Peaky Blinders Villain Oswald Mosley Like in Real Life?," 27 Oct. 2019 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. 23. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "25 Scary and Sweet Halloween Facts to Trick Your Friends," 11 July 2019 The necropsy found an ulcer in the wall of the animal's stomach that ultimately led to peritonitis. Luis Andres Henao, Fox News, "Giraffe, rhino deaths raise alarm at former Buenos Aires zoo," 22 Aug. 2018 The blockage caused the whale to develop peritonitis, an infection of the abdomen, leading to its death. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "A sperm whale died from eating 64 pounds of plastic litter, marine experts say | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Apr. 2018 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. 23. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "25 Scary and Sweet Halloween Facts to Trick Your Friends," 11 July 2019 The necropsy found an ulcer in the wall of the animal's stomach that ultimately led to peritonitis. Luis Andres Henao, Fox News, "Giraffe, rhino deaths raise alarm at former Buenos Aires zoo," 22 Aug. 2018

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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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14 Dec 2019

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“Peritonitis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peritonitis. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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peritonitis

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English Language Learners Definition of peritonitis

medical : a serious condition in which the covering of the stomach, intestines, and nearby organs becomes swollen and infected

peritonitis

noun
peri·​to·​ni·​tis | \ ˌper-ət-ᵊn-ˈīt-əs How to pronounce peritonitis (audio) \

Medical Definition of peritonitis

: inflammation of the peritoneum

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