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colitis

[kuh-lahy-tis, koh-] /kəˈlaɪ tɪs, koʊ-/
noun, Pathology
1.
inflammation of the colon.
Origin
col-2 + -itis
Related forms
colitic
[kuh-lit-ik, koh-] /kəˈlɪt ɪk, koʊ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the web for colitis
  • Intestinal parasites may offer protection from colitis, asthma and other common ailments.
  • Despite the medications he was taking for the colitis, he continued to have abdominal pain and problems gaining weight.
  • There are patients who experience gastrointestinal disease, colitis, inflammatory bowel disease.
  • The bug is found in the colon, is a known cause of colitis and can be spread by even trace amounts of feces.
  • Despite a robust remission, having ulcerative colitis prevented the writer from donating blood.
  • colitis is a chronic digestive disease characterized by inflammation of the colon.
  • Any colitis with a rapid downhill clinical course is known as fulminant colitis.
British Dictionary definitions for colitis

colitis

/kɒˈlaɪtɪs; kə-/
noun
1.
inflammation of the colon
Derived Forms
colitic (kɒˈlɪtɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for colitis
n.

1860, from comb. form of colon (n.2) + -itis.

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colitis in Medicine

colitis co·li·tis (kə-lī'tĭs)
n.
Inflammation of the colon.

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colitis in Science
colitis
  (kə-lī'tĭs)   
Inflammation of the colon.
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colitis in Culture
colitis [(kuh-leye-tis)]

An inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines the colon. Colitis is characterized by pain in the abdomen, with alternating episodes of constipation and diarrhea.

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