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meningitis   (měn'ĭn-jī'tĭs)  Pronunciation Key 
Inflammation of the meninges of the brain and the spinal cord, usually resulting from a bacterial or viral infection and often characterized by fever, vomiting, an intense headache, and a stiff neck.
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