Definition of Reiter's syndrome in English:

Reiter's syndrome

(also Reiter's disease)

noun

  • [mass noun] A medical condition typically affecting young men, characterized by arthritis, conjunctivitis, and urethritis, and caused by an unknown pathogen, possibly a chlamydia.

    • ‘There is an association of Reiter's disease with HIV infection, and arthritis may be present before symptoms or signs related to the HIV infection appear.’
    • ‘Immunologic diseases such as Reiter's syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and rheumatic fever can also cause knee effusion.’
    • ‘Sclerotic changes are also noted, but ankylosis or erosions do not usually develop as they do in spondyloarthropathies such as ankylosing spondylitis, psoriasis or Reiter's syndrome.’
    • ‘Bilateral disease in young patients may indicate Reiter's syndrome.’
    • ‘Many people who get an infection that can cause Reiter's syndrome will not go on to develop the condition.’

Origin

1920s: named after Hans Reiter (1881–1969), German bacteriologist.

Pronunciation:

Reiter's syndrome

/ˈrʌɪtəz/