Inflammation of the vagina. The vagina is the muscular canal extending from the cervix to the outside of the body. Vaginitis is often caused by a fungus. A woman with this condition may have itching or burning and may notice a discharge. Vaginitis is a common condition. There are factors that predispose a woman to develop vaginitis. For example, women who have diabetes have vaginitis more often than women who do not.
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Inflammation of the vagina. [vagina + G. -itis, inflammation]
- v. adhesiva SYN: adhesive v..
- adhesive v. inflammation of vaginal mucosa with adhesions of the vaginal walls to each other. SYN: v. adhesiva.
- amebic v. v. caused by Entamoeba histolytica.
- atrophic v. thinning and atrophy of the vaginal epithelium usually resulting from diminished estrogen stimulation; a common occurrence in postmenopausal women.
- v. cystica SYN: v. emphysematosa.
- desquamative inflammatory v. an acute inflammation of the vagina of unknown cause, characterized by grayish pseudomembrane, free discharge, and easy bleeding on trauma; the discharge contains pus and immature epithelial cells, although estrogen levels are normal.
- v. emphysematosa v. characterized by accumulation of gas in small connective tissue spaces lined by foreign-body giant cells. SYN: pachyvaginitis cystica, v. cystica.
- Gardnerella v. SYN: bacterial vaginosis.
- nonspecific v. SYN: bacterial vaginosis.
- pinworm v. v. caused by Enterobius vermicularis.
- senile v. atrophic v. resulting from withdrawal of estrogen stimulation of mucosa, often assuming the form of adhesive v.. SYN: v. senilis.
- v. senilis SYN: senile v..

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vag·i·ni·tis .vaj-ə-'nīt-əs n, pl -nit·i·des -'nit-ə-.dēz
1) inflammation (as from bacterial or fungal infection, allergic reaction, or hormone deficiency) of the vagina that may be marked by irritation and vaginal discharge see ATROPHIC VAGINITIS, BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS, TRICHOMONIASIS
2) inflammation of a sheath (as a tendon sheath)

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inflammation of the vagina, which may be caused by infection (most commonly with Trichomonas), dietary deficiency, or poor hygiene. There is often itching (see pruritus), increased vaginal discharge, and pain on passing urine. Vaginitis may indicate the presence of sexually transmitted disease. Postmenopausal (or atrophic) vaginitis is caused by a deficiency of female sex hormones.

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vag·i·ni·tis (vaj″ĭ-niґtis) 1. inflammation of the vagina; it is marked by pain and by a purulent discharge. Called also colpitis. 2. inflammation of a sheath.

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