inflammation

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

The drug is used to reduce inflammation. inflammations of the throat and ears

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The money will be used to research how cannabinoids can be used to treat conditions including pain, inflammation, cancer and neurological disorders. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Cigarette Maker Imperial Bets on Medical Cannabis," 28 June 2018 Their best reliever, the left-hander Andrew Miller, has been out since late May with inflammation in his right knee and will head to Class AA Akron on Saturday to throw a simulated game. New York Times, "Yankees, With No Lead to Protect Against the Indians, Get to Rest Aroldis Chapman," 13 July 2018 Researchers found that the chemical caused low-grade inflammation in normal, healthy mice. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Common toothpaste ingredient may promote gut inflammation, colon cancer," 5 June 2018 Miller is on the disabled list with inflammation in his right knee. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: The Indians' Surprisingly Bad Bullpen, the State of the NL West and Culberson's Magic," 4 June 2018 Oral antibiotics directly kill acne-causing bacteria and can help reduce inflammation in the skin. Karina Hoshikawa, Teen Vogue, "Chin Acne: How to Cure and Prevent It," 1 June 2018 But people with asthma often have viral infections that seem to last longer and be worse than what others experience, because that infection causes even more inflammation in their airways, Dr. Casciari says. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Asthma Symptoms Absolutely Everyone Should Know," 1 June 2018 Foods that are not clean are creating inflammation in the body, which is a precursor to most chronic diseases. Hang Nguyen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Urban Remedy, the health-conscious Bay Area eatery, expands into San Diego County," 29 May 2018 Rivera was placed on the disabled list Sunday because of inflammation in the joint. Jeff Miller, latimes.com, "Angels backup catcher Rene Rivera sidelined up to six weeks," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of inflammation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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inflammation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of inflammation

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

inflammation

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

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 \

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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