spon·​dy·​li·​tis | \ˌspän-də-ˈlī-təs \

Definition of spondylitis 

: inflammation of the vertebrae

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For the past 10 years, Dripps had struggled with spinal deterioration and had a dual diagnosis of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis and ankylosing spondylitis. Janelle Walker, Elgin Courier-News, "Family of man who shot 3 officers in South Elgin standoff says he was distraught with health, financial woes," 10 July 2018 Ankylosing spondylitis causes joints and vertebrae in the spine to fuse; Barber’s neck, hips, and the base of his spine had essentially frozen in place. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "William Barber Takes on Poverty and Race in the Age of Trump," 7 May 2018 There is no cure for ankylosing spondylitis, but therapy and medication can alleviate some of its symptoms. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "William Barber Takes on Poverty and Race in the Age of Trump," 7 May 2018 Beth, a 73-year-old Carlsbad resident, originally bought a vape pen to treat her spondylitis, a form of arthritis that targets the spine. Peter Rowe, latimes.com, "For the legal cannabis trade, some new wrinkles: Older users," 11 Feb. 2018 Graham suffers with Ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis that causes inflammation in the spinal joints to fuse together, leaving a person in severe, chronic pain and discomfort, according to the Spondylitis Association of America. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Yorkville may amend golf cart rules for people with disabilities," 25 Sep. 2017 Ankylosing spondylitis, an inflammatory disease affecting the spine, robbed Loomis of movement in her joints. Jeff Horseman, The Mercury News, "Why in-home care for California’s needy could strain county budgets," 10 Apr. 2017 Other studies proved its benefits in other musculoskeletal conditions, like ankylosing spondylitis, and even some types of back pain. Aaron E. Carroll, New York Times, "Closest Thing to a Wonder Drug? Try Exercise," 20 June 2016 Symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis and irritable bowel syndrome forced Gutierrez to miss the entire 2014 season. J.p. Hoornstra, Orange County Register, "Dodgers Notes: Joc Pederson’s next steps are pass concussion test, start hitting," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of spondylitis

circa 1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spondylitis

New Latin, from Greek sphondylos, spondylos vertebra

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spon·​dy·​li·​tis | \ˌspän-də-ˈlīt-əs \

Medical Definition of spondylitis 

: inflammation of the vertebrae tuberculous spondylitis — see ankylosing spondylitis

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