Definition of omphalitis in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • Inflammation of the navel, especially in newborn babies.

    ‘symptoms of omphalitis begin two to three days after birth’
    • ‘Neonatal umbilical infection, or omphalitis, is characterized by redness, induration, and purulent or malodorous drainage from the umbilical stump.’
    • ‘Omphalitis must be treated aggressively with antibiotics.’
    • ‘One infant washed with soap and water developed omphalitis, an infection which can lead to an often deadly condition called necrotizing fasciitis, the study found.’
    • ‘One child was diagnosed with omphalitis and was treated in the hospital with antibiotics.’
    • ‘This view has been questioned since a history of omphalitis and intra-abdominal sepsis has been documented in relatively few patients.’


Mid 19th century: from omphalo- + -itis.