spon·​dy·​li·​tis | \ ˌspän-də-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce spondylitis (audio) \

Definition of spondylitis

: inflammation of the vertebrae

Examples of spondylitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since his days as a teenager, Looney has had ankylosing spondylitis, a rare form of arthritis that affects the spine and neck. Christopher Keating, courant.com, 27 Mar. 2022 She has been tested for autoimmune issues like lupus, multiple sclerosis, Ankylosing spondylitis, along with blood cancers, to rule other, non-COVID causes out. Sasha Pezenik, ABC News, 24 Mar. 2022 Darryl Dunsmore, for example, suffers from ankylosing spondylitis, a form of early onset arthritis that sometimes leaves him in a state of paralysis. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Feb. 2022 There's no cure, per se, for ankylosing spondylitis, says the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Health.com, 26 Jan. 2022 Some in the ankylosing spondylitis group feel a similar sort of disenchantment. Eric Boodman, STAT, 21 Dec. 2021 Learning about your treatment options is one major aspect of managing a chronic condition that causes spinal inflammation, such as ankylosing spondylitis. Korin Mille, SELF, 14 Sep. 2021 Family, as anyone who has one knows, can be its own kind of chronic pain, no less debilitating than ankylosing spondylitis. Andrea Long Chu, The New Yorker, 8 Sep. 2021 Biologics are one of the newer treatments for autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Crohn’s disease, and ankylosing spondylitis. Stephanie Watso, SELF, 27 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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“Spondylitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spondylitis. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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spon·​dy·​li·​tis | \ ˌspän-də-ˈlīt-əs How to pronounce spondylitis (audio) \

Medical Definition of spondylitis

: inflammation of the vertebrae tuberculous spondylitis — see ankylosing spondylitis

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