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aseptic meningitis

noun

medical Definition of aseptic meningitis

: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 HonawarThe Washington Times4 Oct. 2000
  • 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 Medicine14 Jan. 2010

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