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 Leigh died at age 77 in October 2004, following a long and private struggle with vasculitis, which is a group of disorders that attacks blood vessels through inflammation. Glenn Garner,, 17 Oct. 2021 Many of Fauci’s vasculitis patients suffered from rare inflammatory diseases, such as granulomatosis with polyangiitis, which damages blood vessels in the lungs, kidneys, and other organs. Benjamin Wallace-well, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 Chronic fevers can have a number of underlying causes, among them an uncommon condition known as vasculitis—an inflammation of the blood cells that often occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own blood vessels. Benjamin Wallace-well, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 Another hypothesis is inflammation of the blood vessel wall, medically known as vasculitis. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 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,, 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, 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, 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., 12 June 2019 See More

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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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“Vasculitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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