cel·​lu·​li·​tis | \ ˌsel-yə-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce cellulitis (audio) \

Definition of cellulitis

: diffuse and especially subcutaneous inflammation of connective tissue

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Recent Examples on the Web Women around the world are showing off their stretch marks, cellulitis, postpartum bodies, and now, armpit hair, without editing or hiding them. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Madonna’s Daughter Lourdes Leon Rocks Armpit Hair at Her Mother’s 62nd Birthday Party," 20 Aug. 2020 At the end of February, Jessie, suffering from congestive heart failure and cellulitis, returned to the hospital for the third time since December. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, "Besties for 78 years die of coronavirus 6 days apart, now 'They're together up there'," 3 May 2020 Now is not the time to willingly put yourself at risk of infections, like staph and cellulitis. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why You Shouldn’t Give Yourself a Stick and Poke Tattoo Right Now," 24 Apr. 2020 In addition to keeping his mom company, Jake has spent his fair share of time in a hospital with recurring bouts of periorbital cellulitis, a painful eye infection that kept him hospitalized at one point for five days. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Walter Payton high schooler and former Bears linebacker Mickey Pruitt team up to bring fantasy football to sick kids at Lurie," 22 Nov. 2019 Hajos had a history of heart problems and had just been released from a hospital after treatment for cellulitis, a potentially fatal bacterial skin infection. Eve Rosen, orlandosentinel.com, "Bird in deadly Florida attack severed artery in man’s arm," 28 Aug. 2019 The dangerous aspect of cellulitis isn’t so much the bacteria itself, but the body’s reaction to it. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "A Hot Tub Infection Caused A 26-Year-Old Woman to Almost Lose Her Leg," 26 July 2019 After an official diagnosis of cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection, later cultures showed Rutherford had contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a rare bacterial infection that spreads quickly in the body and can cause death. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Alabama man infected with flesh-eating bacteria in Tennessee River, family says," 16 July 2019 But Jay continued to be in and out of hospital not just for cellulitis, but also for a broken hip, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and then Parkinson's. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Crowbar's Kelly Jay, Co-Writer of Canadian Classic 'Oh, What a Feeling,' Dies Following a Stroke," 21 June 2019

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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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“Cellulitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellulitis. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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cel·​lu·​li·​tis | \ ˌsel-yə-ˈlīt-əs How to pronounce cellulitis (audio) \

Medical Definition of cellulitis

: diffuse and especially subcutaneous inflammation of connective tissue

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