Definition of nephritic in US English:



  • 1Of or in the kidneys; renal.

    1. 1.1 Relating to nephritis.
      • ‘The classic presentation of poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis is a full-blown nephritic syndrome with oliguric acute renal failure.’
      • ‘In an uncontrolled study Astragalus and Angelica sinensis root, coupled with a high-protein diet, improved protein imbalance and serum protein in nephritic patients.’
      • ‘Children who present with overlapping features of both nephrotic and nephritic syndromes should undergo thorough serological testing to narrow down the differential diagnosis.’
      • ‘Increased levels occur in hypothyroidism, nephritic syndrome, atherosclerosis, cirrhosis, diabetes, hypertension, excess dietary intake of triglycerides, alcoholism, familial hyperlipidemia, and oral contraceptive use.’
      • ‘The differential diagnosis can be narrowed based on whether a nephritic or nephrotic urine is present.’


Early 19th century: via late Latin from Greek nephritikos ‘of the kidneys’ (see nephritis).