Definition of meningitis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌmenɪnˈdʒaɪtɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmenɪnˈdʒaɪtɪs//
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a serious disease in which the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord become infected and swollen, causing severe headache, fever and sometimes death He is suffering from viral meningitis.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: meningitis