Definition of spondylitis in English:


Line breaks: spon¦dyl|itis
Pronunciation: /ˌspɒndɪˈlʌɪtɪs


[mass noun] Medicine
  • Inflammation of the joints of the backbone. See also ankylosing spondylitis.
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    • She had crippling spondylitis and could barely move.
    • It may help in reducing the intensity of pain in those suffering from arthritis, spondylitis and muscular spasms of the body.
    • He said: ‘Doctors have said I've got arthritis and think I've got spondylitis.’


mid 19th century: from Latin spondylus 'vertebra' (from Greek spondulos) + -itis.

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