from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Inflammation of the meninges of the brain and the spinal cord, most often caused by a bacterial or viral infection and characterized by fever, vomiting, intense headache, and stiff neck.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See forage-poisoning.
  • noun Inflammation of the membranes of the brain or spinal cord.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) Inflammation of the membranes of the brain or spinal cord.
  • noun See under Cerebro-spinal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun pathology Inflammation of the meninges, characterized by headache, neck stiffness and photophobia and also fever, chills, vomiting and myalgia.

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

  • 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


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Since the mid 1990s, epidemics in this area have been on an unprecedented scale and epidemic meningitis has also emerged in countries south of the “meningitis belt”.

    Chapter 2

  • Investigators hypothesize that meningitis is under-diagnosed in infants.

    Clinical Trials

  • Bacterial meningitis is a rare, but often deadly disease.

    Sharing Personal Story - Meningococcus

  • Viral meningitis is often less severe than bacterial meningitis.


  • The paper is an extension on work initially done in meningitis, where decreasing the overcrowding in houses (15-20 people in a 3 bedroom bouse) led to improvement in incidence.


  • In 1982 Anthony Fauci also blocked development of the Panicalli/Paoletti Recombinant Vaccine for genital herpes under the false pretext that the risk of meningitis from the vaccinia based vaccine contraindicated its use.

    Think Progress » An Inconvenient Truth and An Intolerable Summer

  • Brain Fever is usually called meningitis or encephalitis today ...

    Yahoo! Answers: Latest Questions

  • In Africa’s meningitis belt the risk of meningitis is about 1,000-fold greater than that in the U.S.

    Feature Articles

  • Pneumococcal disease is also a major cause of bacterial meningitis, which is often fatal.

    Rwanda Tackles Top Killer of Children

  • Their best guess was viral meningitis, which is luckily not as severe as the bacterial kind.

    Stories Save Lives


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • "caring for your baby and young child" author steven shelov page13

    November 2, 2010