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



BrE BrE//ˌhepəˈtaɪtɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌhepəˈtaɪtɪs//
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a serious disease of the liver. There are three main forms: hepatitis A (the least serious, caused by infected food), hepatitis B and hepatitis C (both very serious and caused by infected blood). Have you had your hepatitis B vaccination? Word Originearly 18th cent.: modern Latin, from Greek hēpar, hēpat- ‘liver’ + -itis.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hepatitis