ten·​di·​ni·​tis | \ ˌten-də-ˈnī-təs How to pronounce tendinitis (audio) \
variants: or tendonitis

Definition of tendinitis

: inflammation of a tendon typically associated with acute injury and usually accompanied by pain and swelling Tendinitis in his right shoulder forced him to the sideline only a few plays into the game.— Herm Weiskopf

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Tendinitis is often seen in active, healthy people who do something that requires repeated motion, including golfers and tennis players (especially those with improper form), carpenters, and violinists. It's usually treated by keeping the joint from moving, by means of a splint, cast, or bandage. If not dealt with in time, tendinitis can turn into the more serious tendinosis, or tendon degeneration.

Examples of tendinitis in a Sentence

She was diagnosed with tendinitis of the elbow. I have tendinitis in my knee.

Recent Examples on the Web

Knee tendinitis has kept Ford out of preseason action. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Auburn NFL roundup: Cassanova McKinzy puts grief on hold," 25 Aug. 2019 He’s been sidelined with left elbow tendinitis since May 3. Ken Powtak, The Seattle Times, "Chavis homers, Red Sox snap Astros’ 10-game win streak," 20 May 2019 He hasn’t pitched in a live game since being placed on the injured list last August with rotator cuff tendinitis. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, "A’s pitchers Sean Manaea, Jharel Cotton make progress toward return to roster," 6 July 2019 LaVine, who has mild left knee tendinitis, is likely to be shut down for the season soon. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls sign Sean Kilpatrick as Denzel Valentine joins mounting injury list," 26 Mar. 2018 Ryan told Rolling Stone that the list included tendinitis in his shoulder and wrist, some nerve problems, carpal tunnel, and a tear in his right shoulder. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Wait, Who Else Besides Adam Levine Is in Maroon 5?," 20 Jan. 2019 Before the game, the Mets placed struggling relief pitcher A.J. Ramos (rotator cuff tendinitis) and infielder Wilmer Flores (sore back) on the disabled list. James Wagner, New York Times, "Mets Split a Double-Header, Somehow Losing the deGrom Start," 28 May 2018 Jones, who has been coming from issues with Achilles tendinitis, held on. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Sam Kendricks revels in winning the pole vault for the last time at 'historic" Hayward Field," 26 May 2018 Davies has been on the DL since May 3 with right rotator cuff tendinitis. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brandon Woodruff, Ji-Man Choi optioned back to Class AAA Colorado Springs," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of tendinitis

1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tendinitis

New Latin tendin-, tendōn-, taken as stems of Medieval Latin tendō tendon + -itis

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English Language Learners Definition of tendinitis

medical : a painful condition in which a tendon in your arm, leg, etc., becomes inflamed


variants: or tendonitis \ ˌten-​də-​ˈnīt-​əs How to pronounce tendonitis (audio) \

Medical Definition of tendinitis

: inflammation of a tendon typically associated with acute injury and usually accompanied by pain and swelling

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