[ fluh-bahy-tis ]

  1. inflammation of a vein, often occurring in the legs and involving the formation of a thrombus, characterized by swelling, pain, and change of skin color.

Origin of phlebitis

From New Latin, dating back to 1815–25; see origin at phleb- -itis

Other words from phlebitis

  • phle·bit·ic [fluh-bit-ik], /fləˈbɪt ɪk/, adjective
  • post·phle·bit·ic, adjective

Words Nearby phlebitis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use phlebitis in a sentence

  • The most common cause of venous thrombosis, however, is inflammation of the wall of the vein—phlebitis.

    Manual of Surgery | Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • The infective form usually begins as a peri-phlebitis arising in connection with some focus of infection in the adjacent tissues.

    Manual of Surgery | Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • Like other pyogenic infections, it may terminate in pyæmia, as a result of septic phlebitis in the marrow.

    Manual of Surgery | Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • phlebitis, or inflammation of a vein, may be plastic or purulent in nature.

  • The clot of suppurative phlebitis cannot be absorbed and cannot organize.

British Dictionary definitions for phlebitis


/ (flɪˈbaɪtɪs) /

  1. inflammation of a vein

Origin of phlebitis

C19: via New Latin from Greek; see phlebo-, -itis

Derived forms of phlebitis

  • phlebitic (flɪˈbɪtɪk), adjective

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