rhi·​ni·​tis | \ rī-ˈnī-təs How to pronounce rhinitis (audio) \

Definition of rhinitis

: inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose

Examples of rhinitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The family has complained of chest pain, rhinitis, fatigue, headaches, rashes, dermatitis, vomiting and more. USA TODAY, "Duck seeking duck, forest ornaments, Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding: News from around our 50 states," 13 Dec. 2019 After a few weeks of treatment in the shelter, the cute cat was still having symptoms similar to that of an upper respiratory infection and was later diagnosed as chronic rhinitis, or inflammation within the nasal cavity. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Paul and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 15 Nov. 2019 Notably, the same strain also mediated a lower nasal congestion in adults with allergic grass-pollen rhinitis in a small proof of concept trial. Enea Rezzonico, Scientific American, "Nestlé's research on nutrition and the human gut microbiome," 17 Feb. 2015 Both allergic and nonallergic rhinitis (inflammation of the mucosal lining of the nose) can result in membrane swelling and excess mucus, potentially triggering sneezing. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Quick Question: Why Do We Sneeze?," 8 Mar. 2019 Chronic sinusitis, which is an inflammation of the sinuses, is different from rhinitis, which causes inflammation in the nose, Dr. Parikh says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Selma Blair Spent Her Valentine's Day Getting a Steroid Injection in Her Sinuses," 15 Feb. 2018 This is due to a Harry Potter-sounding phenomenon called rhinitis medicamentosa, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "Are Nasal Decongestants Actually ‘Addictive’?," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of rhinitis

1829, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rhinitis

New Latin

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“Rhinitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhinitis. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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rhi·​ni·​tis | \ rī-ˈnīt-əs How to pronounce rhinitis (audio) \
plural rhinitides\ -​ˈnit-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce rhinitides (audio) \

Medical Definition of rhinitis

: inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose marked especially by rhinorrhea, nasal congestion and itching, and sneezing also : any of various conditions characterized by rhinitis — see allergic rhinitis, rhinitis medicamentosa, rhinitis sicca, vasomotor rhinitis

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