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)

Examples of vaginitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are several types of vaginitis with various causes, including a few other things on this list. Isadora Baum, SELF, "8 Reasons Your Vulva or Vagina Might Get All Swollen," 5 Aug. 2020 Until laundry day, the discharge is soaked into the cotton crotch of the panties, creating a layer of bacteria (as in vaginitis), yeast and mold. Essence, "Ask An OB-GYN: How Long Should I Keep My Panties Before They're No Good?," 9 Aug. 2019 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

1815, 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 1815

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18 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vaginitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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