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
Recent Examples on the Web Beta hydroxy acid: A chemical often used in cosmetics to treat acne, unclog pores, reduce inflammation and tame excess sebum (the oil your skin naturally produces). Nia Decaille, Washington Post, "A guide to the confusing and sometimes controversial ingredients in your cosmetics," 7 Feb. 2020 Ideal for traveling, the main ingredient is PhytoCellTec Alpine Rose Stem Cells, which help to hydrate and counteract inflammation. Jean Chen Smith, Cincinnati.com, "Valentine's Day gift guide 2020," 7 Feb. 2020 Wim Hof, who has them leap into the freezing-cold water of Lake Tahoe to reduce inflammation and anxiety. Jessica Weisberg, The New Republic, "Everything Is OK in Goop Lab," 4 Feb. 2020 The biochemical composition of flavonols (part of a larger antioxidant class known as flavonoids) appears to enable them to quell inflammation and to scavenge free radicals in the blood and the gut to help prevent cellular damage. Gary Stix, Scientific American, "What’s in Kale (or a Pear) that Seems to Lower Alzheimer’s Risk?," 30 Jan. 2020 In the case of Nipah virus, which can cause a range of symptoms including fatal encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), infections were traced back to juice made from the sap of a date palm tree that had been contaminated by bat urine or saliva. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Bats, the source of so many viruses, could be the origin of Wuhan coronavirus, say experts," 29 Jan. 2020 Those include medicines that seek to use the body’s immune response to fight cancer and drugs for inflammation. BostonGlobe.com, "Remake of the Top of the Hub to cost about $125m," 29 Jan. 2020 Several weeks after being infected, some people develop irregular heartbeat, liver or eye inflammation and severe fatigue. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Lyme disease vaccine discontinued, but new ways to prevent it are coming: Health Matters," 26 Jan. 2020 Injuries like stress fractures, plantar fasciitis (inflammation along the heel that can lead to pain), or tendinitis can seriously hamper your running routine, and also just suck. Emily Shiffer, SELF, "10 Ways to Avoid Those Gross, Awful Blisters on Your Feet When You Run," 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of inflammation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Inflammation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inflammation?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=i&file=inflam06. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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inflammation

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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

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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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