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 Dictionary entry overview: What does colitis mean? 

COLITIS (noun)
  The noun COLITIS has 1 sense:

1. inflammation of the colon

  Familiarity information: COLITIS used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

COLITIS (noun)

Sense 1colitis [BACK TO TOP]


Inflammation of the colon

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


colitis; inflammatory bowel disease

Hypernyms ("colitis" is a kind of...):

inflammation; redness; rubor (a response of body tissues to injury or irritation; characterized by pain and swelling and redness and heat)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "colitis"):

Crohn's disease; regional enteritis; regional ileitis (a serious chronic and progressive inflammation of the ileum producing frequent bouts of diarrhea with abdominal pain and nausea and fever and weight loss)

irritable bowel syndrome; mucous colitis; spastic colon (recurrent abdominal pain and diarrhea (often alternating with periods of constipation); often associated with emotional stress)

ulcerative colitis (a serious chronic inflammatory disease of the large intestine and rectum characterized by recurrent episodes of abdominal pain and fever and chills and profuse diarrhea)

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