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noun Pathology.
  1. inflammation of the testis.
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Also or·chi·di·tis [awr-ki-dahy-tis] /ˌɔr kɪˈdaɪ tɪs/.

Origin of orchitis

From New Latin, dating back to 1790–1800; see origin at orchi-, -itis
Related formsor·chit·ic [awr-kit-ik] /ɔrˈkɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for orchitis

Historical Examples

  • The pounded bark is applied locally in orchitis and epididymitis.

    The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines

    T. H. Pardo de Tavera

  • According to creditable authority the application of the heated leaves in orchitis produces good results.

British Dictionary definitions for orchitis


  1. inflammation of one or both testicles
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Derived Formsorchitic (ɔːˈkɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C18: from New Latin, from Greek orkhis testicle + -itis
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orchitis in Medicine


  1. Inflammation of the testis.didymitis testitis
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Related formsor•chitic (ôr-kĭtĭk) adj.
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