Definitions

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

  • n. Inflammation of the spinal column.
  • n. Osteomyelitis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. inflammation of the spinal cord or of bone marrow

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Inflammation of the spinal marrow or its membranes.
  • n. Inflammation of bone marrow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, inflammation of the spinal cord.

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

  • n. inflammation of the spinal cord

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek μυελός (myelos, "marrow") + -itis (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Near the end of a trip to spring training to cover the Cardinals, Fallstrom experienced numbness in his arms and legs and was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, which is inflammation of the spinal cord.

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  • # -- The term "myelitis" is applied to certain changes which occur in the spinal cord as a result, for example, of hæmorrhage into its substance (_hæmorrhagic myelitis_); or of pressure exerted on it by fragments of bone, blood-clot, tuberculous material, or new growths (_compression myelitis_).

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  • The word "myelitis" refers to inflammation of the insulating material that covers nerve cell fibers (myelin), and "transverse" means the inflammation occurs across the width of your spinal cord.

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  • If your child has been diagnosed with MS, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), transverse myelitis, or has symptoms of a demyelinating disease, please contact the Neurology Department at 215-590-1719 to schedule an appointment.

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  • If such a plan succeeded, one could theoretically repair the damaged nerves in MS, transverse myelitis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis—all neurological autoimmune diseases in which the myelin sheaths and axonal nerves are compromised.

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  • Eventually she was told she might have transverse myelitis.

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  • In transverse myelitis, demyelination and injury to bundles of axonal nerves occurs in focal areas of the spinal cord, often leading to permanent and severe paralysis.

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  • Several patients who were involved in advocacy work for transverse myelitis had been keeping abreast of his stem-cell research.

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  • Kerr has found that levels of a particular protein, interleukin-6, or IL-6, are dramatically elevated in the spinal fluid of patients with transverse myelitis.

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  • Indeed, Kerr found that in patients with MS and transverse myelitis, the level of IL-6 proteins in their blood closely correlated with the severity of their paralysis.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

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