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noun Pathology.
  1. inflammation of the pelvis or outlet of the kidney.
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Origin of pyelitis

From New Latin, dating back to 1835–45; see origin at pyelo-, -itis
Related formspy·e·lit·ic [pahy-uh-lit-ik] /ˌpaɪ əˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pyelitis

Historical Examples

  • The kidneys were large, but no abscesses or pyelitis were present.

    Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900

    George Henry Makins

  • Pyelitis of the renal pelvis is not seldom met in pregnancy.

  • Pyelitis, pī-e-lī′tis, n. inflammation of the pelvis of the kidney—also Endonephritis.

  • Pyelitis, tuberculosis, and latent otitis media occur with nervous children as with others and must not be overlooked.

    The Nervous Child

    Hector Charles Cameron

British Dictionary definitions for pyelitis


  1. inflammation of the pelvis of the kidneyCompare pyelonephritis
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Derived Formspyelitic (ˌpaɪəˈlɪtɪk), adjective
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pyelitis in Medicine


  1. Acute inflammation of the pelvis of the kidney, caused by bacterial infection.
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Related formspy′e•litic (-lĭtĭk) adj.
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