noun Pathology.
inflammation of a bursa.

1855–60; < Neo-Latin; see bursa, -itis

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bursitis (bɜːˈsaɪtɪs)
inflammation of a bursa, esp one in the shoulder joint

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Word Origin & History

1834, medical L., "inflammation of the bursa," apparently from L. bursa mucosa "mucus pouch," from M.L. bursa "bag, purse," from L.L. bursa, variant of byrsa "hide," from Gk. byrsa (see purse).
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bursitis bur·si·tis (bər-sī'tĭs)
Inflammation of a bursa, especially in the shoulder, elbow, or knee joint. Also called bursal synovitis.

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bursitis   (bər-sī'tĭs)  Pronunciation Key 
Inflammation of a bursa, most commonly of the shoulder. Symptoms include pain, tenderness, and limitation of motion.
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bursitis [(buhr-seye-tis)]

Inflammation of a bursa. Common locations of bursitis include the joints of the shoulder, knee, and elbow.

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Example sentences
But various medical conditions can cause joint pain, including gout, bursitis or ligament tears.
Bursitis in my hips and bone spurs in my feet don't help much.
Bursitis means inflammation of one of your bursa sacs.
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