cellulitis

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

Definition of cellulitis

: diffuse and especially subcutaneous inflammation of connective tissue

Examples of cellulitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The most devastating side effect is my left foot and ankle swell to twice their size and turn bright red — a condition called cellulitis. Joyce Rudolph, latimes.com, "Community: Longtime columnist goes through fight of her life," 3 June 2019 This can also happen due to a skin infection such as cellulitis, which occurs when bacteria (often Streptococcus or Staphylococcus) worm their way into your body through a crack in your skin, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Questions That Will Help You Decode That Skin Rash," 22 Mar. 2019 For instance, cellulitis, a common bacterial skin infection that typically affects the legs, can happen when the bacteria Staphylococcus gets into your system through a break in your skin, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is It Sanitary to Pee in the Shower or Should You Stop Immediately?," 7 Feb. 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 19 Feb. 2020.

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cellulitis

noun
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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