noun Pathology.
inflammation of the vertebrae.

1840–50; < Greek spóndyl(os) vertebra, whorl, mussel + -itis

spondylitic [spon-dl-it-ik] , adjective
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spondylitis (ˌspɒndɪˈlaɪtɪs)
inflammation of the vertebrae
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek spondulos vertebra; see -itis]

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spondylitis spon·dy·li·tis (spŏn'dl-ī'tĭs)
Inflammation of one or more vertebrae.

spon'dy·lyt'ic (-ĭt'ĭk) adj.
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inflammation of one or more of the vertebrae. Spondylitis takes several forms; the most widely occurring forms are ankylosing spondylitis, hypertrophic spondylitis, and tuberculous spondylitis.

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Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammation of the spine that may gradually result in a fusion of vertebrae.
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