spon·​dy·​li·​tis ˌspän-də-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce spondylitis (audio)
: inflammation of the vertebrae

Examples of spondylitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Conditions like ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-AxSpA) are known for causing chronic inflammation that attacks the spine. Lana Barhum, Verywell Health, 26 Apr. 2023 Some of these medical conditions include issues like seronegative spondyloarthropathy or ankylosing spondylitis. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 4 May 2023 He was diagnosed at 27 with ankylosing spondylitis, an inflammatory disease that can cause the vertebrae to fuse over time. Mckenna Oxenden, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Apr. 2023 Both rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis are uncommon (each affecting about 1% of the population), inflammatory, multi-system diseases. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 27 Mar. 2023 There is one blood test specifically associated with ankylosing spondylitis, called HLA-B27. Colleen Stinchcombe, Health.com, 24 Jan. 2022 Not all posts are about ankylosing spondylitis. Eric Boodman, STAT, 21 Dec. 2021 Lori Long, the Salinas woman living with ankylosing spondylitis, lost medication support and continuity of care for almost two years after her doctor died. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Mar. 2023 For example, an early Humira patent, which expired in 2016, claimed that the drug could treat a condition known as ankylosing spondylitis, a type of arthritis that causes inflammation in the joints, among other diseases. Rebecca Robbins, New York Times, 28 Jan. 2023

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Word History


New Latin, from Greek sphondylos, spondylos vertebra

First Known Use

circa 1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spondylitis was circa 1849

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“Spondylitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spondylitis. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


spon·​dy·​li·​tis ˌspän-də-ˈlīt-əs How to pronounce spondylitis (audio)
: inflammation of the vertebrae
tuberculous spondylitis
see ankylosing spondylitis

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