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costochondritis

Pronunciation: kos'to-kon-dri'tis

Definition: Inflammation of one or more costal cartilages, characterized by local tenderness and pain of the anterior chest wall that may radiate, but without the local swelling typical of Tietze syndrome.

Synonym(s): costal chondritis

[costo- + G. chondros, cartilage, + -itis, inflammation]

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