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[noo-rahy-tis, nyoo-]
noun Pathology.
  1. inflammation of a nerve.
  2. continuous pain in a nerve, associated with paralysis and sensory disturbances.
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Origin of neuritis

First recorded in 1830–40; neur- + -itis
Related formsneu·rit·ic [noo-rit-ik, nyoo-] /nʊˈrɪt ɪk, nyʊ-/, adjectivean·ti·neu·rit·ic, adjective, nounpost·neu·rit·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for neuritis

Historical Examples

  • "You have neuritis when you catch cold in the wind, and you know it," he told her.

    The Wishing-Ring Man

    Margaret Widdemer

  • Alas for the power of elderly ladies to keep off neuritis by defiance!

    The Wishing-Ring Man

    Margaret Widdemer

  • Neuritis is a form of rheumatism or gout which involves the nerves.

  • Neuritis and sclerotic lesions of the nerve-centres are not uncommon in the history of acquired and inherited gout.

  • All this strain was not for nothing, and at the end of the year we find him suffering from erysipelas and neuritis.

    Charles Bradlaugh: a Record of His Life and Work, Volume II (of 2)

    Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner and J. M. (John Mackinnon) Robertson

British Dictionary definitions for neuritis


  1. inflammation of a nerve or nerves, often accompanied by pain and loss of function in the affected part
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Derived Formsneuritic (njʊˈrɪtɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for neuritis


"inflammation of a nerve or nerves," 1825, from Greek neuron "nerve" (see neuro-) + -itis. Related: Neuritic.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

neuritis in Medicine


  1. The inflammation of a nerve or group of nerves that is characterized by pain, loss of reflexes, and atrophy of the affected muscles.
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Related formsneu•ritic (-rĭtĭk) adj.
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