- Inflammation of the lymphatic vessels. SYN: lymphangeitis, lymphangiitis. [lymphangio- + G. -itis, inflammation]- l. carcinomatosa extensive lymphatic permeation by tumor cells, with surrounding fibrosis, producing visible or palpable cords, especially in pleura or skin overlying a carcinoma.
* * *lym·phan·gi·tis .lim-.fan-'jīt-əs n, pl -git·i·des -'jit-ə-.dēz inflammation of the lymphatic vessels
* * *n.inflammation of the lymphatic vessels, which can be seen most commonly as red streaks in the skin adjacent to a focus of streptococcal infection. Occasionally a more chronic form results in lymphoedema. The infected part is rested and the infection can be eliminated by an antibiotic (e.g. penicillin).
* * *lym·phan·gi·tis (lim″fan-jiґtis) inflammation of a lymphatic vessel or vessels. Acute lymphangitis may result from spread of bacterial infection (most commonly beta-hemolytic streptococci) into the lymphatics, manifested by painful subcutaneous red streaks along the course of the vessels. Called also angiolymphitis. lymphangitic adj
Medical dictionary. 2011.