[ rahy-nahy-tis ]

  1. inflammation of the nose or its mucous membrane.

Origin of rhinitis

First recorded in 1880–85; rhin- + -itis

Words Nearby rhinitis

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How to use rhinitis in a sentence

  • As for roses, people often think they’re reacting to them, but Stembel says it’s usually baby’s breath — a common filler in rose bouquets — that causes rhinitis.

  • In the nose the sneezing, the discharge, the obstructive swelling suggest at once catarrhal rhinitis.

    The Treatment of Hay Fever | George Frederick Laidlaw
  • Did you ever cure a catarrhal conjunctivitis or rhinitis in three minutes by moving the patient from one room to another?

    The Treatment of Hay Fever | George Frederick Laidlaw
  • It is better to throw overboard both the name and the idea of catarrhal inflammation or rhinitis and start afresh.

    The Treatment of Hay Fever | George Frederick Laidlaw
  • I want you to come down again, now, and take a rhinitis tablet, after the dampness of to-night.

    The Wayfarers | Mary Stewart Cutting

British Dictionary definitions for rhinitis


/ (raɪˈnaɪtɪs) /

  1. inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines the nose

Derived forms of rhinitis

  • rhinitic (raɪˈnɪtɪk), adjective

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