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noun Pathology.
  1. inflammation of the nose or its mucous membrane.
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Origin of rhinitis

First recorded in 1880–85; rhin- + -itis
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Examples from the Web for rhinitis

Historical Examples

  • Lemna minor where the crusts and the muco-purulent discharge are very abundant with fetor (in rhinitis atrophics).

    New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers


  • 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

  • An infant, therefore, suffering with an acute attack of rhinitis requires constant attention.

  • 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


  1. inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines the nose
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Derived Formsrhinitic (raɪˈnɪtɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for rhinitis


1829, medical Latin, from rhino- "nose" + -itis.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

rhinitis in Medicine


  1. Inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes.
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