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noun Pathology.
  1. inflammation of the kidneys, especially in Bright's disease.
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Origin of nephritis

1570–80; < Late Latin nephrītis a disease of the kidneys < Greek nephrîtis. See nephr-, -itis
Related formsne·phrit·ic [nuh-frit-ik] /nəˈfrɪt ɪk/, adjectivenon·ne·phrit·ic, adjectivepost·ne·phrit·ic, adjectivepre·ne·phrit·ic, adjectiveun·ne·phrit·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for nephritic

Historical Examples

  • These substances have proven detrimental to the welfare of a nephritic patient.

    Dietetics for Nurses

    Fairfax T. Proudfit

  • Do you suffer from any nephritic irritation or from stricture?

  • The nephritic test meal carefully worked out by Mosenthal gives much valuable information.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • Amongst the secondary maladies due to lithmia are gout, diabetes, renal calculi, and nephritic colic.

  • As a stimulant and anodyne friction in nephritic and rheumatic pains, engorgements, &c.

British Dictionary definitions for nephritic


  1. of or relating to the kidneys
  2. relating to or affected with nephritis
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  1. inflammation of a kidney
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Word Origin and History for nephritic



1570s, from Late Latin nephritis, from Greek nephritis "disease of the kidneys," from nephros "kidney" (see nephron) + -itis "inflammation." Related: Nephritic.

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nephritic in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or affected with nephritis.
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n. pl. ne•phri•tis•es
  1. Acute or chronic inflammation of the kidneys.
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nephritic in Science


  1. Inflammation of the kidneys.
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