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noun Pathology.
  1. inflammation of the urinary bladder.
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Origin of cystitis

First recorded in 1770–80; cyst- + -itis
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Examples from the Web for cystitis

Historical Examples

  • The retention was treated by catheterisation, which was followed by cystitis.

    Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900

    George Henry Makins

  • Cystitis is or may be present, and with the retention is a constant threat to the kidneys.

    Fat and Blood

    S. Weir Mitchell

  • If the inflammation extends to the neck of the bladder, he has an attack of cystitis.

  • The patient became progressively emaciated and exhausted, cystitis persisted, the bedsore deepened.

  • The cause of her husband's death was cystitis, which, being interpreted, is inflammation of the bladder.

British Dictionary definitions for cystitis


  1. inflammation of the urinary bladder
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Word Origin and History for cystitis


c.1780, from cyst + -itis.

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cystitis in Medicine


  1. Inflammation of the urinary bladder.
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