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meningitis

[ men-in-jahy-tis ]
/ ˌmɛn ɪnˈdʒaɪ tɪs /
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noun Pathology.
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.
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Origin of meningitis

From New Latin, dating back to 1820–30; see origin at meninges, -itis

OTHER WORDS FROM meningitis

men·in·git·ic [men-in-jit-ik], /ˌmɛn ɪnˈdʒɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for meningitis

meningitis
/ (ˌmɛnɪnˈdʒaɪtɪs) /

noun
inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain or spinal cord, caused by infection

Derived forms of meningitis

meningitic (ˌmɛnɪnˈdʒɪtɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for meningitis

meningitis
[ mĕn′ĭn-jītĭs ]

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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Cultural definitions for meningitis

meningitis
[ (men-in-jeye-tis) ]

Inflammation of the meninges of the brain or spinal cord, most often resulting from a bacterial or viral infection.

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