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[rahy-nahy-tis] /raɪˈnaɪ tɪs/
noun, Pathology.
inflammation of the nose or its mucous membrane.
Origin of rhinitis
First recorded in 1880-85; rhin- + -itis Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for rhinitis
Historical Examples
  • Lemna minor where the crusts and the muco-purulent discharge are very abundant with fetor (in rhinitis atrophics).

  • Did you ever cure a catarrhal conjunctivitis or rhinitis in three minutes by moving the patient from one room to another?

    The Treatment of Hay Fever George Frederick Laidlaw
  • It is better to throw overboard both the name and the idea of catarrhal inflammation or rhinitis and start afresh.

    The Treatment of Hay Fever George Frederick Laidlaw
  • An infant, therefore, suffering with an acute attack of rhinitis requires constant attention.

  • I want you to come down again, now, and take a rhinitis tablet, after the dampness of to-night.

    The Wayfarers Mary Stewart Cutting
  • Conjunctivitis, rhinitis, odontalgia, may occasion grimaces and contortions which cease with the disappearance of the irritation.

British Dictionary definitions for rhinitis


inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines the nose
Derived Forms
rhinitic (raɪˈnɪtɪk) adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rhinitis

1829, medical Latin, from rhino- "nose" + -itis.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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rhinitis in Medicine

rhinitis rhi·ni·tis (rī-nī'tĭs)
Inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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