Definition of meningitis in US English:



  • Inflammation of the meninges caused by viral or bacterial infection and marked by intense headache and fever, sensitivity to light, and muscular rigidity, leading (in severe cases) to convulsions, delirium, and death.

    • ‘The key early symptoms of meningitis are headache, stiff neck and dislike of bright lights.’
    • ‘Patients with tuberculous meningitis should be treated for at least nine months.’
    • ‘While mumps is usually not very serious, it may develop into viral meningitis is some cases.’
    • ‘But it is believed viral meningitis in its mildest form is often mistaken for flu.’
    • ‘Bacterial meningitis is the most common cause of profound deafness acquired in childhood.’