cel·​lu·​li·​tis | \ˌsel-yə-ˈlī-təs \

Definition of cellulitis 

: diffuse and especially subcutaneous inflammation of connective tissue

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Aaliyah's mom, Anais Monteagudo, said her daughter caught impetigo and cellulitis, the Miami Herald reported. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Toddler's birthday at beach results in bacterial infections, mom says," 29 July 2018 On a second trip to a hospital's emergency room, doctors diagnosed cellulitis. Cleve Wootson, chicagotribune.com, "A man went crabbing - and came back with flesh-eating bacteria that now threaten his life," 10 July 2018 After being hospitalized with cellulitis in his foot during spring training in 2008, Kawano was forced to retire the following April. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Former Cubs clubhouse attendant Yosh Kawano dies at 97," 26 June 2018 Staph, cellulitis, and blood clots are all potentially serious conditions that can be deadly if left untreated. Lynsey Eidell, SELF, "Blink-182's Travis Barker Is Back in the Hospital Due to Complications From Blood Clots," 20 June 2018 The 42-year-old rock star is suffering from a staph infection and the skin infection known as cellulitis, in addition to the clots. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Travis Barker Readmitted to Hospital Amid Health Woes as Blink-182 Reschedules Residency," 20 June 2018 Less often, but more worrisome is that the infection can expand, such as with impetigo or cellulitis, and can seed into the bloodstream with the potential to cause sepsis. Judy Schaechter, M.d., miamiherald, "Body art to be even more popular in future as kids emulate their tattooed parents," 29 May 2018 The 76ers power forward had been sidelined since Sunday with cellulitis, a bacterial infection, in his right elbow. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers' Dario Saric cleared to play vs. Cavaliers," 6 Apr. 2018 That occurred in his third game back after being sidelined three games with cellulitis in his right elbow. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers' Dario Saric still feeling effects of cellulitis," 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cellulitis

1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cellulitis

New Latin, from cellula

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cel·​lu·​li·​tis | \ˌsel-yə-ˈlīt-əs \

Medical Definition of cellulitis 

: diffuse and especially subcutaneous inflammation of connective tissue

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