Definition of Meningitis

1. Noun. Infectious disease characterized by inflammation of the meninges (the tissues that surround the brain or spinal cord) usually caused by a bacterial infection; symptoms include headache and stiff neck and fever and nausea.

Definition of Meningitis

1. n. Inflammation of the membranes of the brain or spinal cord.

Definition of Meningitis

1. Noun. (pathology) Inflammation of the meninges, characterized by headache, neck stiffness and photophobia and also fever, chills, vomiting and myalgia. ¹

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Definition of Meningitis

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Medical Definition of Meningitis

1. Inflammation of the meninges. When it affects the dura mater, the disease is termed pachymeningitis, when the arachnoid and pia mater are involved, it is called leptomeningitis or meningitis proper. See also: aseptic meningitis. Origin: Gr. Meninx = membrane (21 Jun 1999)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Meningitis

meningeal plexus
meningeal veins
meningitic streak
meningitis (current term)
meningocele manqué
meningocerebral cicatrix
meningococcal infections
meningococcal meningitis

Literary usage of Meningitis

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1. The ABCs of Safe & Healthy Child Care: A Handbook for Child Care Providers by Cynthia M. Hale, Jacqueline A. Polder (2000)
"Bacterial meningitis in the Child Care Setting meningitis is an ... meningitis caused by a bacterial infection (sometimes called spinal meningitis) is one ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1916)
"THE meningitis Division of the Department of Health was established six years ago in order to afford to the physicians of the city of New York expert ..."

3. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1899)
"I do not know of a subject that is much more perplexing to a student than that of the different types of meningitis. The classification, never very simple, ..."

4. Organic and functional nervous diseases: A Text-book of Neurology by Moses Allen Starr (1913)
"Syphilitic meningitis. meningitis is an inflammation of the pia mater. ... Epidemic cérébro-spinal meningitis, or spotted fever, which is due to the ..."

5. Manual of the International List of Causes of Death: Based on the Second by United States Bureau of the Census, Cressy Livingston Wilbur (1911)
"Simple meningitis. inflammation of brain NOTE.—This title is somewhat misleading, since it may cover deaths from Epidemic cerebrospinal meningitis. ..."

6. A Treatise on the Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use by Austin Flint (1873)
"Tuberculous meningitis Spinal meningitis. Cérébro- Spinal meningitis —Anatomical Characters—Clinical History —Pathological Character— ..."

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