inflammation of the peritoneum, often accompanied by pain and tenderness in the abdomen, vomiting, constipation, and moderate fever.
Related formsper·i·to·nit·ic [per-i-tn-it-ik] /ˌpɛr ɪ tnˈɪt ɪk/, per·i·to·nit·al, adjective
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Derived Formsperitonitic (ˌpɛrɪtəˈnɪtɪk), adjective
inflammation of the peritoneum
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Word Origin and History for peritonitis
1776, medical Latin, coined c.1750 by French pathologist François-Boissier de la Croix de Sauvages (1706-1767) from Greek peritonos (from peritonaion; see peritoneum) + -itis.
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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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