sar·​coid·​o·​sis | \ ˌsär-ˌkȯi-ˈdō-səs How to pronounce sarcoidosis (audio) \
plural sarcoidoses\ ˌsär-​ˌkȯi-​ˈdō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce sarcoidoses (audio) \

Definition of sarcoidosis

: a chronic disease of unknown cause that is characterized by the formation of nodules especially in the lymph nodes, lungs, bones, and skin

Examples of sarcoidosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Blaque, the voter suffering from sarcoidosis, told CNN later that the president did not answer her question, and she's now decided who's getting her vote. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Fact-checking Trump's town hall health care claims," 17 Sep. 2020 Brummert, who has the inflammatory disorder sarcoidosis, was picking up her immune suppressant medications on March 18. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "'50 states and 50 different approaches:' States scramble to hire COVID-19 contact tracers," 13 May 2020 After retiring from Glendale in 2016, Maslowski moved to Chicago to be closer to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which specializes in sarcoidosis, a chronic lung disease that also caused issues for his heart. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Retired longtime Glendale administrator remembered as a visionary who reshaped the city," 21 Feb. 2020 While sarcoidosis sometimes runs in families, it is not considered a hereditary disease. Mayo Clinic News Network,, "What is sarcoidosis?," 16 Oct. 2019 Other skin diseases can appear too: eczema (inflamed, itchy, irritated skin); vitiligo (a loss of skin pigment in blotches); sarcoidosis (an inflammatory disease); lichen planus (flat, itchy, purple bumps); even skin cancer. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "The dark side of tattoos and your health," 28 Oct. 2019 According to a 2017 study, at least 74 firefighters with the FDNY who worked at the World Trade Center site have contracted sarcoidosis like O’Connell. Diane Herbst,, "9/11 Still Claiming Victims: 10,000 With Cancers, Thousands More With Other Illnesses," 11 Sep. 2019 As a young man, Reggie White was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, a disease capable of causing mild to serious inflammation in his lungs, but one that could lie dormant for years. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "NFL Hall of Famer’s dream house on Lake Norman up for sale," 15 Feb. 2018 Black patients are most commonly coupled with sickle cell and sarcoidosis. Jennifer W. Tsai, STAT, "You can’t tell a book by its cover — or a disease by Drake’s race," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of sarcoidosis

1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sarcoidosis

sarcoid + -osis

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The first known use of sarcoidosis was in 1936

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21 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sarcoidosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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sar·​coid·​o·​sis | \ ˌsär-ˌkȯid-ˈō-səs How to pronounce sarcoidosis (audio) \
plural sarcoidoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce sarcoidoses (audio) \

Medical Definition of sarcoidosis

: 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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