an acute or chronic disease of the kidneys, characterized by inflammation, degeneration, fibrosis, etc.
Origin of nephritisLate Latin ; from Classical Greek nephritis: see nephro- and amp; -itis
nounpl. ne·phrit·i·des or ne·phri·tis·es
Any of various acute or chronic inflammations of the kidneys, such as Bright's disease.
(plural nephritides or nephritises)
- (pathology) Inflammation of the kidney.
nephro- +"Ž -itis