meningitis: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (men"in-jī'tis), [key]
— n. Pathol.
  1. inflammation of the meninges, esp. of the pia mater and arachnoid, caused by a bacterial or viral infection and characterized by high fever, severe headache, and stiff neck or back muscles.
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