rhi·​ni·​tis rī-ˈnī-təs How to pronounce rhinitis (audio)
: inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose

Examples of rhinitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As most people know, the late summer instigator of late-season allergic rhinitis is ragweed (Ambrosia artimisiifolia), with its bloom time that overlaps with many goldenrods but does so fully camouflaged in green flowers. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 2 Sep. 2023 Changes in the duration and intensity of pollen season affect allergic disorders like seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma. Dr. Kimberly Loo, ABC News, 8 Mar. 2023 Watch for symptoms of asthma and allergic rhinitis as your son grows. Kevin Boyd, M.d., Chicago Tribune, 9 June 2023 Patients with allergic rhinitis will experience a flare in symptoms with exposure to their allergens. Mansi Kanuga Md, Anchorage Daily News, 14 May 2023 Just as your anesthesiologist hypothesized, it is thought to be partly due to a nonallergic rhinitis (nose inflammation) of cold and dry oxygen. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 14 Mar. 2023 However, the most common symptoms after ingestion of garlic, contact with garlic, or exposure to garlic dust are asthma, hives (urticaria), runny nose (rhinitis), or skin rashes (contact dermatitis). Alyssa Hui, Health, 16 Mar. 2023 For those not suffering from an infectious or allergic cause, vasomotor rhinitis might be the cause. Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 10 Nov. 2022 Ablation of the posterior nasal nerves is a new treatment for vasomotor rhinitis, which is characterized by a runny nose after eating or with changes in temperature. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 3 June 2022 See More

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rhinitis was in 1829

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Cite this Entry

“Rhinitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhinitis. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


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