Definition of peritonitis in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • Inflammation of the peritoneum, typically caused by bacterial infection either via the blood or after rupture of an abdominal organ.

    • ‘Patients who have cirrhosis with ascites are prone to spontaneous bacterial peritonitis.’
    • ‘The diagnosis of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis heralds advanced liver disease.’
    • ‘Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis is a common complication of cirrhosis, with high mortality.’
    • ‘At one time or another, he indicated that he had high blood pressure, peritonitis, and gastritis.’
    • ‘In tuberculous peritonitis, the peritoneum is studded with multiple yellow-white tubercles.’