phar·​yn·​gi·​tis ˌfer-ən-ˈjī-təs How to pronounce pharyngitis (audio)
plural pharyngitides ˌfer-ən-ˈji-tə-ˌdēz How to pronounce pharyngitis (audio)
: inflammation of the pharynx

Examples of pharyngitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The analysis focused on the same diagnoses as those examined in the Hawaii study: asthma with exacerbation, acute bronchitis, acute sinusitis, acute pharyngitis including streptococcal pharyngitis, acute conjunctivitis, cough, headache, all pneumonias, and other acute airway problems. Lulu Ramadan, ProPublica, 22 Aug. 2021 Group A Streptococcus bacteria can cause more mild but still painful illness — such as streptococcal pharyngitis, commonly referred to as strep throat. Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec. 2022 Common cold Viral infections, such as colds, are usually the most common cause of a sore throat (pharyngitis). Lashieka Hunter, Men's Health, 21 Dec. 2022 The incubation period for streptococcal pharyngitis is 2 to 5 days, Dr. Moffitt reports. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 5 Dec. 2022 Having viral or bacterial pharyngitis or the Epstein-Barr virus may also increase a person’s risk. Korin Miller, SELF, 6 Nov. 2018 About 35 percent of retail visits for children are for pharyngitis — sore throats. Aaron E. Carroll, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2016 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pharyngitis was in 1826

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“Pharyngitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


phar·​yn·​gi·​tis ˌfar-ən-ˈjīt-əs How to pronounce pharyngitis (audio)
plural pharyngitides -ˈjit-ə-ˌdēz How to pronounce pharyngitis (audio)
: inflammation of the pharynx (as from bacterial infection)

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