What does meningitis mean?

Definitions for meningitis
ˌmɛn ɪnˈdʒaɪ tɪsmenin·gi·tis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. meningitis(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

Wiktionary

  1. meningitis(Noun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Meningitis(noun)

    inflammation of the membranes of the brain or spinal cord

  2. Origin: [NL. See Meninges, and -itis.]

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  1. Meningitis

    Meningitis is inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges. The inflammation may be caused by infection with viruses, bacteria, or other microorganisms, and less commonly by certain drugs. Meningitis can be life-threatening because of the inflammation's proximity to the brain and spinal cord; therefore, the condition is classified as a medical emergency. The most common symptoms of meningitis are headache and neck stiffness associated with fever, confusion or altered consciousness, vomiting, and an inability to tolerate light or loud noises. Children often exhibit only nonspecific symptoms, such as irritability and drowsiness. If a rash is present, it may indicate a particular cause of meningitis; for instance, meningitis caused by meningococcal bacteria may be accompanied by a characteristic rash. A lumbar puncture diagnoses or excludes meningitis. A needle is inserted into the spinal canal to extract a sample of cerebrospinal fluid, that envelops the brain and spinal cord. The CSF is examined in a medical laboratory. The first treatment in acute meningitis consists of promptly administered antibiotics and sometimes antiviral drugs. Corticosteroids can also be used to prevent complications from excessive inflammation. Meningitis can lead to serious long-term consequences such as deafness, epilepsy, hydrocephalus and cognitive deficits, especially if not treated quickly. Some forms of meningitis may be prevented by immunization.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Meningitis

    Inflammation of the coverings of the brain and/or spinal cord, which consist of the PIA MATER; ARACHNOID; and DURA MATER. Infections (viral, bacterial, and fungal) are the most common causes of this condition, but subarachnoid hemorrhage (HEMORRHAGES, SUBARACHNOID), chemical irritation (chemical MENINGITIS), granulomatous conditions, neoplastic conditions (CARCINOMATOUS MENINGITIS), and other inflammatory conditions may produce this syndrome. (From Joynt, Clinical Neurology, 1994, Ch24, p6)

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of meningitis in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of meningitis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of meningitis in a Sentence

  1. Michael Jacobs:

    This is the original Ebola virus that she had many months ago which has been inside the brain, replicating at a very low level probably, and which has now re-emerged to cause this clinical illness of meningitis.

  2. Michael Jacobs:

    The virus re-emerged around the brain and around the spinal column to cause meningitis.

  3. David Goodfriend:

    The most effective way to protect you and your child against certain types of bacterial meningitis is to complete the recommended vaccine schedule. In addition to vaccination, the best way to prevent the spread of meningococcal meningitis is to not share personal items and to wash hands frequently, especially before eating.

  4. Amy Poole:

    I was so scared to let Ollie undergo such major surgery. He was so fragile, and I couldn’t bear the thought of losing him, but doctors explained that he was at risk of contracting an infection or even meningitis if he tripped and knocked his nose— so I agreed to the surgery.

  5. Heather Stockdale Walden:

    When it gets to the brain, you can have eosinophilic meningitis.

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