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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For example, according to TCM, your chronic rosacea is probably aligned with other kinds of inflammation in your body, and that specific point on your face can be treated both externally and internally with needling. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What Exactly Is Facial Acupuncture — And Why You Should Try It," 6 Feb. 2019 That’s why, going forward, Goniewicz and his team want to look for signals of the health problems, like markers of inflammation, and not just the chemicals that might contribute to them. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Is vaping better than smoking? Scientists studied pee to find out," 14 Dec. 2018 Researchers have long documented that human versions of the virus cause outbreaks of acute liver inflammation in developing countries, typically in cases where fecal contamination seeps into water sources. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Rat hepatitis jumps to human for first time, spotlighting disease mystery," 2 Oct. 2018 Also the skin can look pink or red underneath the flakes—a sure sign of inflammation. Jessica Cruel, Teen Vogue, "Dandruff Scraping Videos Might Be the New Pimple Popping Videos," 23 July 2018 Lovullo said the team had Marrero evaluated on Saturday and determined that the amount of inflammation warranted a trip to the DL. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Diamondbacks place Deven Marrero on DL, recall Jimmie Sherfy," 30 June 2018 Edwards, who hasn’t pitched since May 29 because of inflammation in his right shoulder, might need only one appearance before he’s activated, manager Joe Maddon intimated. Mark Gonzales,, "Until Yu Darvish returns, Jose Quintana says he and other Cubs starters will 'have his back'," 29 June 2018 There is now considerable evidence that a significant subset of depressed patients exhibit marked increases in measures of inflammation in the blood — called inflammatory cytokines. Charles B. Nemeroff, M.d., Ph.d., miamiherald, "New stem cell clinical trial for treatment-resistant depression and depression-alcoholism | Miami Herald," 14 May 2018 This young patient’s blood work showed his sedimentation rate (a measure of inflammation in the body) was six times more than normal, and his white blood cell count was elevated, a common sign of infection. Daniel R. Taylor,, "Medical mystery: The toddler who walked like an old man," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of inflammation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of inflammation

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


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


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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