inflammation

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noun in·flam·ma·tion \ ˌin-flə-ˈmā-shən \

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

Examples of inflammation in a Sentence

  1. The drug is used to reduce inflammation.

  2. inflammations of the throat and ears

Recent Examples of inflammation from the Web

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First Known Use of inflammation

15th century


INFLAMMATION Defined for English Language Learners

inflammation

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Definition of inflammation for English Language Learners

  • : a condition in which a part of your body becomes red, swollen, and painful


INFLAMMATION Defined for Kids

inflammation

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noun in·flam·ma·tion \ ˌin-flə-ˈmā-shən \

Definition of inflammation for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

inflammation

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noun in·flam·ma·tion \ ˌin-flə-ˈmā-shən \

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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