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

Examples of inflammation in a Sentence

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

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Proponents believe reducing stress via fasting improves the function of your organ tissues, reduces inflammation, and lowers your risk for chronic disease. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the OMAD Diet? What You Need to Know About This Intermittent Fasting Weight-Loss Plan," 28 May 2019 Before doing anything else, dermatologist Francesca Fusco, M.D., recommends popping an aspirin or Tylenol to immediately reduce inflammation and help with pain management. Julie Ricevuto, Glamour, "How to Treat a Bad Sunburn and Hide It Instantly," 28 May 2019 Plug's infrared Amethyst BioMat facial bed aims to reduce inflammation and help boost the immune system, kick-starting collagen production and cellular repair. Prue Lewington, Harper's BAZAAR, "Women Are Giving Up Botox for Facial Massage," 23 May 2019 For its inclusion in makeup, CBD has been shown to help clear up acne, reduce inflammation, and could potentially strengthen your hair and nails. Teen Vogue, "A Shopping Guide to CBD Beauty Products," 20 Apr. 2019 In addition to reducing inflammation, CBD also calms redness and irritation. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "How CBD Can Save Your Skin," 15 Apr. 2019 For starters, since no drug is yet approved, manufacturers will need to show regulators that treatment to reduce liver inflammation helps lead to improved health outcomes. Charley Grant, WSJ, "A Big, Fatty Opportunity for Big Pharma," 18 Jan. 2019 Ten percent of cases are fatal, and 50 percent of cases result in permanent neurological damage, because the virus causes inflammation in the brain. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "A Rare Virus That's Worse Than Lyme Disease Is Being Spread by Ticks," 2 May 2017 Perpetuating factors typically include yeast and bacterial infections (typically secondary to the inflammation) and the possible presence of a middle-ear infection. Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "Dogs, cats often suffer common inflammatory ear condition | Miami Herald," 19 Apr. 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 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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