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  1. Pathology. inflammation of the intestines, especially the small intestine.
  2. Veterinary Pathology. distemper1(def 1c).
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Origin of enteritis

From New Latin, dating back to 1800–10; see origin at enter-, -itis
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Examples from the Web for enteritis

Historical Examples

  • It nearly died again of enteritis; and again it was forgiving and got over it.

    The Combined Maze

    May Sinclair

  • The same medicines are applicable to both Gastritis and Enteritis.

  • Up to this time constipation was the chief symptom of enteritis.

  • In the dog, however, enteritis is rarely seen in a pure form.

    The Dog

    Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson

  • Enteritis, which seemed not very different from cholera, was prevalent and affected nearly everybody to some extent.

    A Kut Prisoner

    H. C. W. Bishop

British Dictionary definitions for enteritis


  1. inflammation of the small intestine
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Word Origin and History for enteritis


1808, medical Latin, coined c.1750 by French pathologist François-Boissier de la Croix de Sauvages (1706-1767), from enteron "intestine" (see enteric) + -itis.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

enteritis in Medicine


  1. Inflammation of the intestinal tract, especially of the small intestine.
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