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noun Pathology.
  1. inflammation of the testis.
Also or·chi·di·tis [awr-ki-dahy-tis] /ˌɔr kɪˈdaɪ tɪs/.

Origin of orchitis

From New Latin, dating back to 1790–1800; see origin at orchi-, -itis
Related formsor·chit·ic [awr-kit-ik] /ɔrˈkɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The pounded bark is applied locally in orchitis and epididymitis.

    The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines

    T. H. Pardo de Tavera

  • According to creditable authority the application of the heated leaves in orchitis produces good results.

British Dictionary definitions for orchitis


  1. inflammation of one or both testicles
Derived Formsorchitic (ɔːˈkɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C18: from New Latin, from Greek orkhis testicle + -itis
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orchitis in Medicine


  1. Inflammation of the testis.didymitis testitis
Related formsor•chitic (ôr-kĭtĭk) adj.
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