Literally meaning: “inflammation of vertebra bones”.
Origin: Anc Greek
σπόνδυλος/spondylos(=vertebra) >σπάω/spao(=break)+τύλος/tylos(=callus, corn)
>άρθρον/arthron(=part of the body or article)
+-ίτις/-tis(=(=suffix which is used with the feminine noun η νόσος/ e nosos/=disease, denoting “inflammation of”).
Spondyloarthritis is a group of diseases that cause inflammation of the spine and and peripheral joints and ligaments. Spondyloarthritis can lead to a complete fusion of the vertebrae, a process called ancylosing spondyloarthritis.