Meaning of tenosynovitis in English:


Pronunciation /ˌtɛnəʊˌsʌɪnə(ʊ)ˈvʌɪtɪs/


mass nounMedicine
  • Inflammation and swelling of a tendon, typically in the wrist, often caused by repetitive movements such as typing.

    ‘Tenosynovitis is caused by inflammation of tendons on the thumb side of the wrist.’
    • ‘Splinting the wrist at a neutral angle helps to decrease repetitive flexion and rotation, thereby relieving tenosynovitis.’
    • ‘Each of these long tendons has a lubricated synovial sheath, which can become inflamed and painful in the condition of tenosynovitis.’
    • ‘Ibuprofen is a safe and effective anti-inflammatory drug frequently used to treat transient tenosynovitis.’
    • ‘Nonspecific flexor tenosynovitis is the most common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome.’


Late 19th century from Greek tenōn ‘tendon’ + synovitis.