suffix "itis" is it for inflammation or infection?
suffix "itis" is it for inflammation or infection??
- gallopLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
There is no specific suffix meaning infection. The suffix -itis applies to any condition that involves inflammation. Arthr/itis is an example of an inflammatory condition that doesn't involve infection.
Since all infections produce inflammation, and there is no suffix for infection, the suffix -itis is used to refer to infections. So, while it is usually safe to assume that when someone has appendicitis, there is infection present in the appendix, the term appendic/itis only indicates with certainty that there is inflammation present, which may or may not involve infection.Source(s): RN Author medical language texts
- Anonymous1 decade ago
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- charcindersLv 71 decade ago
Inflammation (which may be caused by infection of course).Source(s): Knowledge and http://biology.about.com/od/prefixesandsuffixesi/g...
- 1 decade ago
"itis" means inflammation...
1. mening-itis(Meningitis): this means the inflammation of the layers covering the brain
2. pleur-itis(Pleuritis): this means the inflammation of the layers of the Lungs
3.bronch-itis(Bronchitis): this means the inflammation of the outer layers of bronchusSource(s): Human Anatomy books