- inflammation of the meninges, especially of the pia mater and arachnoid, caused by a bacterial or viral infection and characterized by high fever, severe headache, and stiff neck or back muscles.
Origin of meningitis
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Examples from the Web for meningitis
Nancy was born with meningitis, septicemia, and hydrocephalus.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life
November 4, 2014
Rarely, severe infections can lead to inflammation of the brain or meningitis.Thanks to Anti-Vaxxers, Mumps Are Back. What’s Next?
March 20, 2014
One is meningitis, an infection of the lining of the brain, that is fatal in about 10 percent of cases.Princeton Considers Vaccinations for Slow-Moving Meningitis Outbreak
November 18, 2013
Oscar Wilde, it should be noted, had also been touched by early loss: his sister, Isola, died at age nine of meningitis.Charles Dickens' Enduring Insights on Human Loss and Suffering
February 18, 2013
Writer Frank McCourt died Sunday at the age of 78 after battling skin cancer and meningitis.Remembering Frank McCourt
The Daily Beast
July 20, 2009
At the age of four years she had meningitis which left her with frequent headaches.The Sexual Question
It might not be meningitis, after all, and the child might be helped, might be cured.The Book of Khalid
A doctor was sent for, and said something about "meningitis."Paul Gosslett's Confessions in Love, Law, and The Civil Service
Charles James Lever
Thus the pain in the back and head may be so intense as to resemble that of meningitis.
Then the epidemic diseases—measles, scarlet fever, meningitis.The House of Torchy
- inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain or spinal cord, caused by infection
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Word Origin and History for meningitis
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- Inflammation of the meninges of the brain and the spinal cord, most often the result of a bacterial or viral infection and characterized by fever, vomiting, intense headache, and stiff neck.
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- Inflammation of the meninges of the brain and the spinal cord, usually resulting from a bacterial or viral infection and often characterized by fever, vomiting, an intense headache, and a stiff neck.
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