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)
: inflammation of a blood or lymph vessel

Examples of vasculitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other health conditions that cause color changes in your fingers include Buerger's disease and vasculitis. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 28 July 2023 Although some symptoms of vasculitis last just days, others persist longer. Elliot Lewis, NBC News, 8 Aug. 2022 As more and more doctors know what vasculitis looks like and have better diagnostic tools, some people's vasculitis may be controlled better. Julia Métraux, Allure, 26 Aug. 2022 Since some types of vasculitis can progress quickly, early diagnosis is crucial to getting effective treatment. Maggie O'Neill, SELF, 9 Aug. 2022 Treatment depends on the type of vasculitis and the organs that are affected. Elliot Lewis, NBC News, 8 Aug. 2022 About 1 in 100 people with RA will have some kind of skin involvement as part of their disease.3 Skin involvement in RA indicates a severe form of the disease.4 This may advance into complications of the disease like rheumatoid nodules, Felty syndrome, livedo reticularis, and rheumatoid vasculitis. Lana Barhum, Verywell Health, 26 Apr. 2023 What is vasculitis? Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 3 Sep. 2022 What causes rheumatoid vasculitis? Sarah Bradley,, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'vasculitis.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vasculitis was circa 1900

Dictionary Entries Near vasculitis

Cite this Entry

“Vasculitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


vas·​cu·​li·​tis ˌvas-kyə-ˈlīt-əs How to pronounce vasculitis (audio)
plural vasculitides -ˈlit-ə-ˌdēz How to pronounce vasculitis (audio)
: inflammation of a blood or lymph vessel

called also angiitis

vasculitic adjective

More from Merriam-Webster on vasculitis

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!