vag·​i·​ni·​tis | \ ˌva-jə-ˈnī-təs How to pronounce vaginitis (audio) \

Definition of vaginitis

: inflammation of the vagina or of a sheath (such as a tendon sheath)

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This is one of the causes of vaginitis, or vaginal inflammation. Isadora Baum, SELF, "8 Reasons Your Vulva or Vagina Might Get All Swollen," 30 Nov. 2018 Who wants to run the risk of steam burns, or vaginitis from a reaction to the herbs? Emily Wang, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Just Shared a Photo of Herself Steaming Her Vagina on Instagram," 19 June 2018 Types of vaginitis include bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections, so this is well worth avoiding. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Habits That Can Get in the Way of Having a Healthy Vagina," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of vaginitis

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vaginitis

vagina + -itis, after French vaginite

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The first known use of vaginitis was in 1846

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vag·​i·​ni·​tis | \ ˌvaj-ə-ˈnīt-əs How to pronounce vaginitis (audio) \
plural vaginitides\ -​ˈnit-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce vaginitides (audio) \

Medical Definition of vaginitis

1 : inflammation of the vagina (as from bacterial or fungal infection, allergic reaction, or hormone deficiency) that may be marked by irritation and vaginal discharge — see atrophic vaginitis, bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis
2 : inflammation of a sheath (as a tendon sheath)

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