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[glo-sahy-tis, glaw-] /glɒˈsaɪ tɪs, glɔ-/
noun, Pathology
inflammation of the tongue.
1815-25; gloss- + -itis
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[glo-sit-ik, glaw-] /glɒˈsɪt ɪk, glɔ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • glossitis is a condition in which the tongue is swollen and changes color, often making the surface of the tongue appear smooth.
British Dictionary definitions for glossitis


inflammation of the tongue
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glossitic (ɡlɒˈsɪtɪk) adjective
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glossitis in Medicine

glossitis glos·si·tis (glô-sī'tĭs)
Inflammation of the tongue.

glos·sit'ic (-sĭt'ĭk) adj.
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Encyclopedia Article for glossitis

inflammation of the tongue characterized by loss of the surface papillae, a condition that gives the affected area a smooth, red appearance. Glossitis may be the primary disease, or may be a symptom of one of several hereditary and acquired conditions (such as certain forms of anemia, pellegra, syphilis, or nutritional deficiencies). There may, however, be a mild burning sensation that can be controlled with topical anesthetics.

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