- inflammation of the peritoneum, often accompanied by pain and tenderness in the abdomen, vomiting, constipation, and moderate fever.
Origin of peritonitis
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Examples from the Web for peritonitis
He was poisoned by eating some tinned food, and peritonitis has set in.The Call of the Blood</p>
Robert Smythe Hichens
Peritonitis in the horse is mostly fatal when it is at all extensive.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
On the 19th of March he was seized with what proved to be peritonitis, and he died on the 24th.
Peritonitis inside a week, and no need for uneasiness at the end of it!It Never Can Happen Again</p>
William De Morgan
In a few hours symptoms of peritonitis were manifest, and she died.
- inflammation of the peritoneum
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Word Origin and History for peritonitis
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Peritonitis characterized by a fibrinous exudate that mats together the intestines and various other organs.
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- Infection or inflammation of the peritoneal cavity, usually caused by a ruptured organ, such as the appendix, in the gastrointestinal tract.
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