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amnionitis

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noun am·ni·o·nit·is \ ˌam-nē-ə-ˈnī-təs \

medical Definition of amnionitis

:inflammation of the amnion typically due to infection
  • Organisms that inhabit the cervix, vagina, or rectum can spread upward into the amniotic cavity through intact or ruptured membranes and cause amnionitis.
  • —Richard A. Polan et al., in Avery's Diseases of the Newborn2005
; also :chorioamnionitis
  • Oligohydramnios is frequently associated with chorioamnionitis (amnionitis), an infection of the membranes that surround the baby …
  • —Sandy Jones and Marcie JonesGreat Expectations: Your All-In-One Resource for Pregnancy & Childbirth2004

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