sar·​coid·​o·​sis ˌsär-ˌkȯi-ˈdō-səs How to pronounce sarcoidosis (audio)
plural sarcoidoses ˌsär-ˌkȯi-ˈdō-ˌsēz How to pronounce sarcoidosis (audio)
: a chronic disease of unknown cause that is characterized by the formation of nodules especially in the lymph nodes, lungs, bones, and skin

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Dearring underwent a double lung transplant in 2015 due to congestive heart failure and sarcoidosis — a chronic disease that causes lesions in the lungs and other organs. Navya Gupta, Detroit Free Press, 23 July 2022 In some cases, sarcoidosis wanes without medical intervention. Martin Shenkman, Forbes, 15 July 2022 Nine months later she was diagnosed with sarcoidosis of the central nervous system, a rare disease which causes inflamed cells to become granular and attack soft tissue. Liz Mcneil,, 13 Apr. 2022 Like any autoimmune condition, it can be triggered by stress, diet, other autoimmune diseases such as lupus or sarcoidosis for example, or hair care practices like coloring the hair or different chemical treatments, etc. Aley Arion, Essence, 1 Apr. 2022 Pete died in September at age 45 due to complications from sarcoidosis and COVID-19. Sarah Grant, SPIN, 20 Jan. 2022 Sam Spear, a Bay Area sports promoter and broadcaster who was a friend of Joe DiMaggio and countless other luminaries, died Saturday from complications of the rare inflammatory disease sarcoidosis. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Oct. 2021 Bennie Pete, co-founder and sousaphone player for the celebrated New Orleans outfit the Hot 8 Brass Band, died from complications from sarcoidosis and Covid-19, reports. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 7 Sep. 2021 The actor died of cardiac arrest and complications of pneumonia stemming from his longtime struggle with sarcoidosis, a disease that causes tissue inflammation that often attacked his lungs. Nigel Smith,, 6 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History


sarcoid + -osis

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sarcoidosis was in 1936

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“Sarcoidosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition



sar·​coid·​o·​sis ˌsär-ˌkȯid-ˈō-səs How to pronounce sarcoidosis (audio)
plural sarcoidoses -ˌsēz How to pronounce sarcoidosis (audio)
: a chronic disease of unknown cause that is characterized by the formation of nodules resembling true tubercles especially in the lymph nodes, lungs, bones, and skin

called also Boeck's disease, Boeck's sarcoid, lupus pernio

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