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

After a bout with right shoulder inflammation, Loaisiga struggled in five appearances out of the pen, pitching to a 10.80 ERA. Kristie Ackert, courant.com, "Yankees hope the injured Jonathan Loaisiga can provide pitching boost soon," 14 June 2019 Jay McDonald, a family spokesman for Daniel Werner, Miranda's husband, said his sister was diagnosed with inflammation around the heart 15 years ago, and sought treatment for it, but has since been medically cleared. Fox News, "Bodies of Maryland couple found dead in Dominican Republic returned to US," 12 June 2019 Despaigne, 32, has been plugged in to start tonight’s series opener against the Nationals, a move that was expected after the Sox placed Dylan Covey on the injured list Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "White Sox call up Odrisamer Despaigne to start against the Nationals and release Nicky Delmonico," 10 June 2019 On Friday, the Marlins played the left-hander on the 10-day injured list with left hip inflammation. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Caleb Smith heading to the IL; Marlins MLB draft draws strong reviews," 7 June 2019 Betances opened the season on the IL after dealing with inflammation in his shoulder during spring training. Jake Seiner, The Seattle Times, "Yanks’ Betances out 6-7 more weeks, Sanchez to 10-day IL," 12 Apr. 2019 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

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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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