inflammation

noun

in·​flam·​ma·​tion ˌin-flə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce inflammation (audio)
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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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inflammation was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Inflammation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inflammation. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

inflammation

noun
in·​flam·​ma·​tion ˌin-flə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce inflammation (audio)
1
: the act of inflaming : the state of being inflamed
2
: a bodily response to injury in which heat, redness, pain, swelling, and more than the usual amount of blood are present in the area affected

Medical Definition

inflammation

noun
in·​flam·​ma·​tion ˌin-flə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce inflammation (audio)
: 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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