inflammation of the liver, often accompanied by fever and jaundice
Origin of hepatitisModern Latin from hepat(o)- + -itis
- Inflammation of the liver, caused by infectious or toxic agents and characterized by jaundice, fever, liver enlargement, and abdominal pain.
- Any of various types of such inflammation, especially viral hepatitis.
(plural hepatitises or hepatitides)
From Latin hēpatītis, from hēpar (“liver”), from Ancient Greek ἧπαρ (hēpar, “liver”).