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[per-i-tn-ahy-tis] /ˌpɛr ɪ tnˈaɪ tɪs/

noun, Pathology.
inflammation of the , often accompanied by pain and tenderness in the abdomen, vomiting, constipation, and moderate fever.
inflammation of the peritoneum

1776, medical Latin, coined c.1750 by French pathologist François-Boissier de la Croix de Sauvages (1706-1767) from Greek peritonos (from peritonaion; see peritoneum) + -itis.

peritonitis per·i·to·ni·tis (pěr’ĭ-tn-ī’tĭs)
Inflammation of the peritoneum.
Infection or inflammation of the peritoneal cavity, usually caused by a ruptured organ, such as the appendix, in the gastrointestinal tract.


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