inflammation

noun
in·​flam·​ma·​tion | \ ˌin-flə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce inflammation (audio) \

Definition of inflammation

1 : a local response to cellular injury that is marked by capillary dilatation, leukocytic infiltration, redness, heat, and pain and that serves as a mechanism initiating the elimination of noxious agents and of damaged tissue
2 : the act of inflaming : the state of being inflamed

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Examples of inflammation in a Sentence

The drug is used to reduce inflammation. inflammations of the throat and ears
Recent Examples on the Web Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver often caused by a virus. Claire Thornton, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters the blood and helps fight infections. Deidre Mcphillips, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that is often caused by viruses known as hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. Zachary Snowdon Smith, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Symptoms of hepatitis, which is inflammation of the liver, include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, dark urine and light-colored stools. al, 22 Apr. 2022 Although there was some inflammation in the small intestine suggestive of celiac disease, blood tests ruled that out. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2022 The other concern is myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle characterized by shortness of breath, chest pain and the feeling that the heart is beating rapidly. Emma Yasinski, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Mar. 2022 Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency is most often caused by chronic pancreatitis, which is ongoing inflammation of the pancreas. Korin Miller, SELF, 11 Mar. 2022 The most common is inflammation, especially from allergy, irritants or infection. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inflammation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Inflammation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inflammation. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for inflammation

inflammation

noun
in·​flam·​ma·​tion | \ ˌin-flə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce inflammation (audio) \

Kids Definition of inflammation

: a bodily response to injury or disease in which heat, redness, and swelling are present

inflammation

noun
in·​flam·​ma·​tion | \ ˌin-flə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce inflammation (audio) \

Medical Definition of inflammation

: a local response to cellular injury that is marked by capillary dilatation, leukocytic infiltration, redness, heat, pain, swelling, and often loss of function and that serves as a mechanism initiating the elimination of noxious agents and of damaged tissue

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