• WordNet 3.6
    • n meningitis infectious disease characterized by inflammation of the meninges (the tissues that surround the brain or spinal cord) usually caused by a bacterial infection; symptoms include headache and stiff neck and fever and nausea
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman is considered to be the godfather of the modern vaccine era. Having created nearly three dozen vaccines - more than any other scientist, Hilleman is also credited with saving more lives than any other scientist. Probably best known for his preventive vaccine for mumps, Hilleman has also developed vaccines for measles, rubella, chicken pox, bacterial meningitis, flu and hepatitis B.
    • n Meningitis (Med) Inflammation of the membranes of the brain or spinal cord.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n meningitis Inflammation of the membranes of the brain or spinal cord.
    • n meningitis See forage-poisoning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Meningitis (-jī′-) inflammation of the membranes investing the brain or spinal cord
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. See Meninges, and -itis
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. meninx, meningos, a membrane.


In literature:

Unfortunately the symptoms of meningitis increased; three days after the operation coma followed, and on the next day death ensued.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
She became rapidly worse, and a few days later the doctor pronounced her ailment meningitis.
"Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete" by Albert Bigelow Paine
I went down the road wondering whether cerebral meningitis germs preferred apples or beer, or perhaps they liked both; awful thought!
"Bullets & Billets" by Bruce Bairnsfather
MENINGES, the name of three membranes that invest the brain and spinal cord, and the inflammation of which is called meningitis.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
It is also very helpful in case of meningitis and other inflammations.
"Valere Aude" by Louis Dechmann
It might be scarlet fever, or diphtheria, or even meningitis.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
The inflammation may spread to the meninges, the intracranial venous sinuses, the eye, or the ear.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Serum, Anti-meningitis, IV, 656; for malaria, IV, 656.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume I. (of IV.)" by W. Grant Hague, M.D.
The conditions under which we lived were certainly atrocious, and an outbreak of meningitis cast a gloom over the camp.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
Meningitis set in, and it was immediately apparent that she was death-struck.
"Chapters from My Autobiography" by Mark Twain

In news:

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Minnesota woman injected with a steroid linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis say she's worried that her frequent head and neck pain mean she has the disease.
SOUTHLAKE – Some of the tainted medicine linked to 35 cases of meningitis nationwide was injected into more than 100 patients at one Tarrant County hospital, state health officials said Friday.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials say an out-of-state resident has died from fungal meningitis after receiving an injection in Indiana of a tainted back pain medication.
Meningitis kills Michigander after Ind.
Health officials say an out-of-state resident has died from fungal meningitis after receiving an injection in Indiana of a tainted back pain medication.
North Texas hospital injected tainted steroids linked to meningitis.
Intensified antibiotic treatment might improve the outcome of tuberculous meningitis.
After a benefit in Baxter for Greg Jager who was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, his family wanted to thank everyone involved in supporting them.
Meningitis outbreak shows importance of strong public health infrastructure.
Meningitis outbreak claims Kentuckian .
Find out what you need to know about the meningitis and the outbreak that has killed at least 11 people and sickened more than 100 others.
Meningitis Outbreak Leads To Death Of 1 Kentuckian .
Health officials say one Kentucky resident has died from fungal meningitis after receiving medical care in Tennessee.
Carlsbad Kindergartner Possibly Infected With Bacterial Meningitis.
Michigan accuses company linked to meningitis outbreak of law-breaking .