Definition of peritonitis in English:


Syllabification: per·i·to·ni·tis
Pronunciation: /ˌperitnˈītis


  • Inflammation of the peritoneum, typically caused by bacterial infection either via the blood or after rupture of an abdominal organ.
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    • Patients who have cirrhosis with ascites are prone to spontaneous bacterial peritonitis.
    • The diagnosis of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis heralds advanced liver disease.
    • Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis is a common complication of cirrhosis, with high mortality.

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