phle·​bi·​tis fli-ˈbī-təs How to pronounce phlebitis (audio)
: inflammation of a vein

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Patients at the town spa come to treat rheumatism and phlebitis. Bob Morris, Town & Country, 3 May 2018

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of phlebitis was in 1826

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“Phlebitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


phle·​bi·​tis fli-ˈbīt-əs How to pronounce phlebitis (audio)
plural phlebitides -ˈbit-ə-ˌdēz How to pronounce phlebitis (audio)
: inflammation of a vein

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