meningitis etymology

English word meningitis comes from English -itis, English meninges

Detailed word origin of meningitis

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-itis English (eng) (humorous) Used to form the names of various fictitious afflictions or diseases.. (pathology) Suffix denoting diseases characterized by inflammation, itself often caused by an infection.
meninges English (eng) (anatomy) The three membranes that envelop the brain and spinal cord.
meningitis English (eng) (pathology) Inflammation of the meninges, characterized by headache, neck stiffness and photophobia and also fever, chills, vomiting and myalgia.

Words with the same origin as meningitis

Descendants of -itis
appendicitis arthritis bronchitis bursitis cellulitis colitis conjunctivitis dermatitis diverticulitis encephalitis endocarditis gastritis gastro gingivitis hepatitis itis laryngitis mastitis otitis pancreatitis peritonitis phlebitis sinusitis tonsillitis
Descendants of meninges
intrameningeal meningeal meningioma meningiomatosis meningism nonmeningeal nonmeningitic postmeningitis pseudomeningitis submeningeal