phar·​yn·​gi·​tis | \ ˌfer-ən-ˈjī-təs How to pronounce pharyngitis (audio) , ˌfa-rən- \
plural pharyngitides\ ˌfer-​ən-​ˈji-​tə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce pharyngitis (audio) , ˌfa-​rən-​ \

Definition of pharyngitis

: inflammation of the pharynx

Examples of pharyngitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Having viral or bacterial pharyngitis or the Epstein-Barr virus may also increase a person’s risk. Korin Miller, SELF, "A 23-Year-Old College Student Died From Lemierre Syndrome, a Rare Infection She Thought Was Tonsillitis," 6 Nov. 2018 About 35 percent of retail visits for children are for pharyngitis — sore throats. Aaron E. Carroll, New York Times, "The Undeniable Convenience and Reliability of Retail Health Clinics," 12 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of pharyngitis

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pharyngitis

borrowed from New Latin, from pharyng-, pharynx pharynx + -itis -itis

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“Pharyngitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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phar·​yn·​gi·​tis | \ ˌfar-ən-ˈjīt-əs How to pronounce pharyngitis (audio) \
plural pharyngitides\ -​ˈjit-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce pharyngitis (audio) \

Medical Definition of pharyngitis

: inflammation of the pharynx (as from bacterial infection)

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