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

  • n. Inflammation of the vermiform appendix.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. inflammation of the vermiform appendix

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Inflammation of the vermiform appendix.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, inflammation of the vermiformappendix (which see, under appendix).
  • n. In pathology, inflammation of the vermiform appendix (which see, under appendix).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. inflammation of the vermiform appendix


New Latin, from Latin appendix, appendic-, appendage; see appendix.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
appendix +‎ -itis (Wiktionary)


  • The term appendicitis refers to an inflammation of the appendix.


  • Near as I can make out, it was what they call appendicitis nowadays, and had come on him in the night.

    In the Arena Stories of Political Life

  • Of course the appendix has always been subject to inflammation, just as it is now, but in former years the disease we call appendicitis bore various names, depending upon the diagnostic skill of the attending physician.


  • The last item of the local programme is in course of performance, after which the duchess explains Velma's laryngitis -- let us hope she will not call it 'appendicitis' -- and then I usher you up.

    The Rosary

  • With appendicitis, which is rare in youngsters under two, your child may feel pain around the belly button.

    You Raising Your Child

  • SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, one of the biggest concerns with appendicitis, which is inflammation of the appendix, is that your appendix in the surrounding intestines can actually rupture and that spreads bad bacteria into the abdominal cavity and eventually that could get into the bloodstream causing sort of body-wide infection known as sepsis.

    CNN Transcript Dec 19, 2007

  • As neither the history nor the general status (normal condition of the hernial rings) furnished any points of support for the first view, only the diagnosis of appendicitis, that is, of perforation of the appendix, could be made with that degree of certainty attainable in diseases of the abdominal cavity in general.


  • If the inflammation involves the appendix or the cecal location of the appendix, it may be called appendicitis, but the appendix is involved the same as any other contiguous part.


  • If there were any way to prove that so-called appendicitis is more common to-day than in former times, it is reasonable to believe that the irritating effect of the pretty general habit of taking cathartic medicine has had more to do with bringing it about than any other one thing.


  • When it is understood first of all that appendicitis -- the inflammation known as appendicitis -- is a local manifestation of a general or constitutional derangement, the cause for this local manifestation may be taken up.



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