vas·​cu·​li·​tis | \ ˌva-skyə-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce vasculitis (audio) \
plural vasculitides\ ˌva-​skyə-​ˈli-​tə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce vasculitis (audio) \

Definition of vasculitis

: inflammation of a blood or lymph vessel

Examples of vasculitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another hypothesis is inflammation of the blood vessel wall, medically known as vasculitis. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Doctors find more cases of 'COVID toes' in dermatological registry. Here's what they learned.," 27 Apr. 2020 His first doctors believed Cash had central nervous system vasculitis, an inflammation of the blood vessels, and decided to treat it with 11-hour sessions of chemotherapy, two times a month. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "The Good Doctor Star Will Yun Lee Opens Up About His Son's Rare Condition and 'Warrior Spirit'," 21 Nov. 2019 Swanson, who retired in 1999 as a security guard for Andersen and retired from his Ice Road duties in 2016, died Oct. 30 at his house in North Hudson as a result of complications related to vasculitis. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Obituary: David Swanson, of North Hudson, Wis., was king of the St. Croix River ‘Ice Road’," 5 Nov. 2019 Mayo experts ruled out several possible diagnoses, including vasculitis, a group of rare diseases caused by blood vessel inflammation. The Washington Post, oregonlive, "Michigan man’s mystery ailment amazes, perplexes doctors," 22 Sep. 2019 According to news reports at the time, Hollingsworth was admitted to Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale November 2008 when the vasculitis was causing pain in and sores on her hands and feet., "South Florida court overturns $15.5 million verdict for amputee in medical malpractice case, orders new trial," 12 June 2019 The project halted when her father became ill with vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels. Rick Kogan,, "The wonderful adventure of being Harold Ramis' daughter," 25 June 2018 His daughter Sally Bliss said the cause was complications of vasculitis, an inflammatory blood vessel disease. Ian Austen, New York Times, "Michael Bliss, Historian Who Dispelled Myths of Insulin’s Discovery, Dies at 76," 25 May 2017

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First Known Use of vasculitis

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vasculitis

borrowed from German Vasculitis, from Latin vāsculum "small container, vessel" + New Latin -itis -itis — more at vascular

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The first known use of vasculitis was circa 1900

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“Vasculitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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vas·​cu·​li·​tis | \ ˌvas-kyə-ˈlīt-əs How to pronounce vasculitis (audio) \
plural vasculitides\ -​ˈlit-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce vasculitis (audio) \

Medical Definition of vasculitis

: inflammation of a blood or lymph vessel

called also angiitis

Other Words from vasculitis

vasculitic \ ˌvas-​kyə-​ˈlit-​ik How to pronounce vasculitis (audio) \ adjective

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