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Definition of "myelitis" [‖My•e•li•tis]

  • Inflammation of the spinal column. (noun)
  • Osteomyelitis. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "myelitis" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "# -- 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_)."
  • "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."