vag·​i·​ni·​tis ˌva-jə-ˈnī-təs How to pronounce vaginitis (audio)
: inflammation of the vagina or of a sheath (such as a tendon sheath)

Examples of vaginitis in a Sentence

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Word History


vagina + -itis, after French vaginite

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vaginitis was in 1815

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“Vaginitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


vag·​i·​ni·​tis ˌvaj-ə-ˈnīt-əs How to pronounce vaginitis (audio)
plural vaginitides -ˈnit-ə-ˌdēz How to pronounce vaginitis (audio)
: 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
: inflammation of a sheath (as a tendon sheath)

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