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

Definition of spondylitis in English:


[mass noun] Medicine
Inflammation of the joints of the backbone. See also ankylosing spondylitis.
Example sentences
  • 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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