cel·​lu·​lite | \ ˈsel-yə-ˌlīt , -ˌlēt \

Definition of cellulite

: deposits of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue (as in the thighs, hips, and buttocks) that give a puckered and dimpled appearance to the skin surface

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The campaign images accompanying the launch portray the naked bodies of other women (not just the dimension-defying curves Kardashian herself), showing off their stretch marks, cellulite, and rolls. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Is Launching Two Brand-New KKW Body Fragrances," 1 Nov. 2018 In addition, prime real estate within the two-floor space is being granted to four LED light beds that have been redesigned to simultaneously treat different zones of the body, say anti-cellulite for the derrière paired with anti-aging on the neck. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Joanna Vargas Opens Up a New Manhattan Spa—Just in Time for the Holidays," 4 Dec. 2018 In the skin-care aisle, the ingredient is often found in cellulite and eye creams. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 Price tag: $4,000-$8,000 depending on the severity of cellulite. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "17 Over-the-Top Beauty Treatments to Try Before Your Wedding Day," 13 Dec. 2018 In preparation for the show, models are primped and primed to perfection, so come show day, not a trace of body hair, cellulite, or stretch marks are in sight. Shammara Lawrence, Teen Vogue, "9 Size-Inclusive Lingerie Brands to Support Instead of Victoria's Secret," 14 Nov. 2018 Created with menthol and refreshing eucalyptus, this stimulating gel provides tired muscles with a long-lasting intense cooling sensation, and can help prevent the appearance of cellulite. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "11 Cooling Beauty Products That Beat the Heat," 7 July 2018 Reminder that cellulite is normal and nothing to be ashamed of (and also depends on lighting! Deanna Pai, Glamour, "10 Celebrities on Why They DGAF About Cellulite," 6 July 2018 According to Cosmopolitan, Kline, a 27-year-old student and nail technician from Alabama, took the photo on the right without the intention of showcasing her cellulite. Emily Wang, Allure, "This Woman's Body-Positive Photos of Her Thigh Cellulite Are Going Viral," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of cellulite

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cellulite

French, literally, accumulation of subcutaneous fat, cellulitis, from cellule cell + -ite -itis

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English Language Learners Definition of cellulite

: fat that is close to the surface of the skin and that makes the skin slightly bumpy


cel·​lu·​lite | \ ˈsel-yə-ˌlīt , -ˌlēt \

Medical Definition of cellulite

: deposits of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue (as in the thighs, hips, and buttocks) that give a puckered and dimpled appearance to the skin surface

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