noun Pathology.

inflammation of a sinus or the sinuses.

Origin of sinusitis

From New Latin, dating back to 1900–05; see origin at sinus, -itis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sinusitis



inflammation of the membrane lining a sinus, esp a nasal sinus
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Word Origin and History for sinusitis

"inflammation of the sinuses," 1896; see sinus + -itis.

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sinusitis in Medicine




Inflammation of the mucous membrane of a sinus, especially of the paranasal sinuses.
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