aseptic meningitis

noun

: meningitis not caused by a bacterial infection that is of the milder type typically caused by any of numerous viruses
In humans, the West Nile virus can cause encephalitis, a fatal swelling of the brain, and aseptic meningitis, a swelling of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. Vaishali Honawar, The Washington Times
Among patients assessed for postoperative meningitis, aseptic meningitis as a result of the local inflammatory reaction to blood breakdown products may account for up to 70% of cases. Diederik van de Beek et al., The New England Journal of Medicine

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“Aseptic meningitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/aseptic%20meningitis. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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