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[pan-kree-uh-tahy-tis, pang-]
noun Pathology.
  1. inflammation of the pancreas.
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Origin of pancreatitis

From New Latin, dating back to 1835–45; see origin at pancreat-, -itis
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Historical Examples of pancreatitis

  • The man may have appendicitis, or colitis, or pancreatitis, or he may have been shot through the lungs or the abdomen.

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British Dictionary definitions for pancreatitis


  1. inflammation of the pancreas
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Word Origin and History for pancreatitis


1842, medical Latin, from comb. form of pancreas + -itis.

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pancreatitis in Medicine


  1. Inflammation of the pancreas.
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