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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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 These are two symptoms of facial cellulitis, a type of facial infection. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The Correct Way to Pop a Pimple," 21 Dec. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce cellulitis (audio) \

Medical Definition of cellulitis

: diffuse and especially subcutaneous inflammation of connective tissue

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