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flare

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intransitive verb \ˈfla(ə)r, ˈfle(ə)r\

Medical Definition of flare

flared; flaring

  1. :  to break out or intensify rapidly :  become suddenly worse or more painful—often used with up <your gallstones flare up—W. A. Nolen>




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flare

noun

Medical Definition of flare

  1. 1:  flare-up <Without effective urate lowering, many such patients progress to severe chronic gout characterized by frequent arthritic flares …—John S. Sundy et al., The Journal of the American Medical Association, 17 Aug. 2011>

  2. 2:  an area of skin flush resulting from and spreading out from a local center of vascular dilation and hyperemia <urticarial flare>

  3. 3:  a cloudy or smoky appearance of the fluid of the anterior chamber of the eye that is seen when a beam of light (as from a slit lamp) is passed through it and that is caused by the presence of floating protein material in the fluid which is a symptom of inflammation <Flare means that we can actually see the beam of light from the slit lamp traveling through the aqueous humor. This is similar to being able to see the beam of light coming from a movie projector in a dusty room.—Jay B. Lavine, The Eye Care Sourcebook, 2001>—called also





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