noun Pathology.

inflammation of the mucous membrane of the pharynx; sore throat.

Origin of pharyngitis

First recorded in 1835–45; pharyng- + -itis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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inflammation of the pharynx
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Word Origin and History for pharyngitis

1824, from stem of pharynx + -itis.

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pharyngitis in Medicine




Inflammation of the pharynx.
Related formsphar′yn•gitic (-jĭtĭk) adj.
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pharyngitis in Science



Inflammation of the pharynx, often a result of viral or bacterial infection, especially streptococcal bacteria. See also strep throat.
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