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 The shells sliced up his feet, and cellulitis, a bacterial infection, set in. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 19 July 2022 Barker’s medical history involves illnesses like staph infection and cellulitis, which is a bacterial infection that can cause swelling, inflammation and pain. Thania Garcia, Variety, 29 June 2022 Barker was then readmitted to the hospital that year due to a staph infection and cellulitis. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 29 June 2022 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 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 18 Aug. 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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