Definition of phlebitis in English:



  • Inflammation of the walls of a vein.

    • ‘Minor complications, such as entry-site infection and phlebitis, can occur.’
    • ‘Besides ulceration, lower leg edema can lead to tortuous varicosities, phlebitis, deep vein thrombosis, embolism, and infection, among others.’
    • ‘The possible underlying pathology may be diabetes in case 1 and phlebitis associated with chronic orchitis in case 2.’
    • ‘Five surgical patients had wound infections, and an additional five patients had other complications such as phlebitis, hematoma, cutaneous damage, or deep venous thrombosis.’
    • ‘Additionally, low molecular weight heparin was used in only about 56 percent of patients with blood clots in the legs or phlebitis, an inflammation of the vessels in the legs.’


Early 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek, from phleps, phleb- ‘vein’.