Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Inflammation of one or both of the testes, often occurring as a result of mumps or other infection, trauma, or metastasis.

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  • n. A painful inflammation of one or both testes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Inflammation of the testicles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, inflammation of the testis. Also orchiditis.

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  • n. inflammation of one or both testes; characterized by pain and swelling

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Greek orkhis, testicle + -itis.

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orchi- (“testicular”) + -itis (“inflammation”), from Ancient Greek ὄρχις (orkhis, "testicle, ovary, orchid") (English orchid), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃erǵʰi-.

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  • "And to continue showing how little he fits into this brutal, enclosed atmosphere, Bloom gives a scientific lecture to the group, transfigured into Herr Professor Luitpold Blumenduft (although it's not exactly the scent of flowers that comes from his cigar), explaining to them all in graphic detail and expression, corpora cavernosa, etc., why hanged men have erections.

    It's not orchitis, A said, perhaps remembering Mr. Flower."

    The House of Ulysses by Julián Ríos, translated by Nick Caistor, p 168

    December 26, 2010

  • "'Hoot,' said Graham, grinning still. 'Does the swelling affect the vocal cords?'

    "'The back of my hand to the vocal cords,' said Stephen. 'Have you not heard of orchitis? Of the swelling of the cods that may follow mumps?'

    "'Not I,' said Graham, his smile fading.

    "'Nor had my messmates,' said Stephen, 'though the Dear knows it is one of the not unusual sequelae of cynanche parotidaea, and one of real consequence to men....'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 228

    February 14, 2008