noun Pathology.

inflammation of a bursa.

Origin of bursitis

From New Latin, dating back to 1855–60; see origin at bursa, -itis
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Historical Examples of bursitis

  • In the lower extremity, a large number of normal and adventitious bursæ are met with and may be the seat of bursitis.

    Manual of Surgery

    Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

British Dictionary definitions for bursitis



inflammation of a bursa, esp one in the shoulder joint
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Word Origin and History for bursitis

1834, "inflammation of the bursa;" also see -itis.

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bursitis in Medicine




Inflammation of a bursa, especially in the shoulder, elbow, or knee joint.bursal synovitis
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bursitis in Science



Inflammation of a bursa, most commonly of the shoulder. Symptoms include pain, tenderness, and limitation of motion.
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bursitis in Culture



Inflammation of a bursa. Common locations of bursitis include the joints of the shoulder, knee, and elbow.

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