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 Four games after returning, his foot rubbing against his skate caused cellulitis, which put him in the hospital for a couple of days. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Apr. 2021 One possible source was cellulitis, a problem that’s literally skin deep. Robert Pearl, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 3 May 2020 Now is not the time to willingly put yourself at risk of infections, like staph and cellulitis. Devon Abelman, Allure, 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, 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, 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, 26 July 2019 See More

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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 26 Jun. 2022.

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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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