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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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 Avoid editing photos to change the size or shape of a person’s body, or to remove cellulite or stretch marks. Carolyn Kylstra, SELF, "How Should a Health Brand Talk About Weight?," 25 June 2018 Anyone who has worked the red carpet for years will be inoculated against the spiteful tabloid comments about a glimpse of cellulite, or a stray gray hair. Daisy Goodwin, Time, "How Meghan Markle Is Giving the Royal Family the Shake-Up It Needs," 17 May 2018 Our bodies are all worthy of representation, and that includes stretch marks, cellulite, scars, and the like. Yendi Reid, Teen Vogue, "How Savage X Fenty Lingerie Looks On Different Body Types, Including Plus and Petite," 14 May 2018 Your stretch marks are beautiful, your cellulite is beautiful. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Hunter McGrady recalls the moment she accepted her 'God-given body'," 7 June 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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