meningitis

[men-in-jahy-tis]
noun Pathology.
inflammation of the meninges, especially of the pia mater and arachnoid, caused by a bacterial or viral infection and characterized by high fever, severe headache, and stiff neck or back muscles.

Origin:
1820–30; < Neo-Latin; see meninges, -itis

meningitic [men-in-jit-ik] , adjective
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meningitis (ˌmɛnɪnˈdʒaɪtɪs)
 
n
inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain or spinal cord, caused by infection
 
meningitic
 
adj

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meningitis
1828, coined from Mod.L. meninga, from Gk. menix (gen. meningos) "membrane," especially that of the brain + -itis "disease."
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meningitis men·in·gi·tis (měn'ĭn-jī'tĭs)
n. pl. men·in·git·i·des (-jĭt'ĭ-dēz')
Inflammation of the meninges of the brain and the spinal cord, most often the result of a bacterial or viral infection and characterized by fever, vomiting, intense headache, and stiff neck.


men'in·git'ic (-jĭt'ĭk) adj.
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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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meningitis [(men-in-jeye-tis)]

Inflammation of the meninges of the brain or spinal cord, most often resulting from a bacterial or viral infection.

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