- inflammation of the peritoneum, often accompanied by pain and tenderness in the abdomen, vomiting, constipation, and moderate fever.
Origin of peritonitis
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- inflammation of the peritoneum
Word Origin and History for peritonitic
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- Inflammation of the peritoneum.
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- Infection or inflammation of the peritoneal cavity, usually caused by a ruptured organ, such as the appendix, in the gastrointestinal tract.
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