inflammation

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

Definition of inflammation

  1. 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. 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

15th Century

First Known Use of inflammation

15th century


INFLAMMATION Defined for English Language Learners

inflammation

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

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

  1. :  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

  1. :  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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