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 These joints are often involved in diseases that affect the whole body, like ankylosing spondylitis or psoriatic arthritis. New York Times, "Her Wrist Was Swollen and Excruciatingly Painful. Steroids Didn’t Help Much.," 16 Dec. 2020 Here's What Experts Say See, Ann has a condition called ankylosing spondylitis, which is an inflammatory form of arthritis. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Why Missing My Flu Shot Could Put My Best Friend's Life in Danger," 14 Oct. 2019 Hannah Gaber, USA TODAY Corrections & clarifications: A previous version of this story misidentified which Try Guys member has ankylosing spondylitis and the purpose of their tour. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "The Try Guys try becoming authors with new 'self-deprecating self-help' book," 18 June 2019 Ankylosing spondylitis, an inflammatory disease that can prompt some of the interlocking bones in the spine to fuse, can force a person to hunch over, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s How to Actually Have Good Posture (and Why You Should Care)," 11 Oct. 2018 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

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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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The first known use of spondylitis was circa 1849

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19 Dec 2020

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“Spondylitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spondylitis. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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