Definition of nephritis in English:


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Pronunciation: /nɪˈfrʌɪtɪs


[mass noun] Medicine
  • Inflammation of the kidneys. Also called Bright's disease.
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    • The three-year study showed these patients had interstitial nephritis (ie, inflamed kidney tissues) and severely damaged kidney tubules.
    • Single cells will be found in nephritis, acute tubular necrosis, kidney transplant rejection and salicylate poisoning.
    • A 25-year-old white female had an eight-year history of SLE with associated membranous nephritis, and hypertension.


late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek, from nephros 'kidney'.

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