[ fluh-bahy-tis ]
/ fləˈbaɪ tɪs /

noun Pathology.

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(o)- -itis

Related forms

phle·bit·ic [fluh-bit-ik] /fləˈbɪt ɪk/, adjectivepost·phle·bit·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for phlebitis


/ (flɪˈbaɪtɪs) /


inflammation of a vein

Derived Forms

phlebitic (flɪˈbɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for phlebitis

C19: via New Latin from Greek; see phlebo-, -itis
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Medicine definitions for phlebitis


[ flĭ-bītĭs ]


Inflammation of a vein.

Related forms

phle•bitic (-bĭtĭk) adj.
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