Definition of myelitis in US English:



  • Inflammation of the spinal cord.

    • ‘Within a coupe of days it became apparent that all was far from well and he was later diagnosed as suffering from the effects of transverse myelitis, a rare condition of the spine.’
    • ‘The exact cause of the infection has never been resolved - it may have been transverse myelitis, a viral infection, or bacterial meningitis.’
    • ‘African Americans were also at higher risk for transverse myelitis, an acute attack in which the spinal cord loses its ability to transmit nerve impulses up and down.’
    • ‘In rare instances, infection results in myelitis (inflammation of the spinal cord) and presents with symptoms such as muscle weakness, paralysis, or changes in body sensation.’
    • ‘He did pray once, about 20 years ago, when he was struck down with acute transverse myelitis, a polio-like illness, while in Australia.’


Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek muelos ‘marrow’ + -itis.