Meningitis



[men-in-jahy-tis] /ˌmɛn ɪnˈdʒaɪ tɪs/

noun, Pathology.
1.
inflammation of the , especially of the pia mater and arachnoid, caused by a bacterial or viral infection and characterized by high fever, severe headache, and stiff neck or back muscles.
/ˌmɛnɪnˈdʒaɪtɪs/
noun
1.
inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain or spinal cord, caused by infection
n.

“inflammation of the meninges,” 1825, coined from Modern Latin meninga, from Greek meninx (genitive meningos) “membrane,” in medical Latin especially that of the brain (see member) + -itis “disease.” Related: Meningitic.

meningitis men·in·gi·tis (měn’ĭn-jī’tĭs)
n. pl. men·in·git·i·des (-jĭt’ĭ-dēz’)
Inflammation of the meninges of the brain and the spinal cord, most often the result of a bacterial or viral infection and characterized by fever, vomiting, intense headache, and stiff neck.
men’in·git’ic (-jĭt’ĭk) adj.
meningitis
(měn’ĭn-jī’tĭs)
Inflammation of the meninges of the brain and the spinal cord, usually resulting from a bacterial or viral infection and often characterized by fever, vomiting, an intense headache, and a stiff neck.
meningitis [(men-in-jeye-tis)]

Inflammation of the meninges of the brain or spinal cord, most often resulting from a bacterial or viral infection.

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