inflammatory

adjective
in·​flam·​ma·​to·​ry | \ in-ˈfla-mə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce inflammatory (audio) \

Definition of inflammatory

1 : tending to excite anger, disorder, or tumult : seditious
2 : tending to inflame or excite the senses
3 : accompanied by or tending to cause inflammation

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Other Words from inflammatory

inflammatorily \ in-​ˌfla-​mə-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce inflammatorily (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of inflammatory in a Sentence

She had an acute inflammatory reaction to the drug. He incited the mob with an inflammatory speech.
Recent Examples on the Web It was formerly called pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, "2-Month-Old in Michigan Dies From Coronavirus," 17 Sep. 2020 Fifteen of the deaths were tied to a rare condition called multisystem inflammatory syndrome, which can cause swelling and heart problems. Mike Stobbe, Anchorage Daily News, "Coronavirus deaths in kids echoes toll in adults, CDC says," 16 Sep. 2020 While young children appear to spread the virus at lower rates, Box said that the state has seen 17 cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in child, known as MIS-C. Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis Star, "Statewide coronavirus update: Nearly half of cases are children, young adults," 16 Sep. 2020 While younger patients are more likely to fully recover, complications including respiratory distress and multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a severe illness marked by fever, organ damage, and inflammation do occur, the agency said. Emma Court, Bloomberg.com, "Coronavirus Most Likely to Kill Minority Children, CDC Says," 15 Sep. 2020 Fifteen of the deaths were tied to a rare condition called multisystem inflammatory syndrome, which can cause swelling and heart problems. Mike Stobbe, Star Tribune, "Coronavirus deaths in kids echoes toll in adults, CDC says," 15 Sep. 2020 It’s known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C. Ritu Banerjee, The Conversation, "What we know about MIS-C, a rare but dangerous illness striking children weeks after they get COVID-19," 9 Sep. 2020 The condition, called Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), was also associated with 16 deaths reported in 42 states, New York City and Washington, D.C., as of last Thursday. CBS News, "Nearly 800 kids nationwide diagnosed with rare condition linked to COVID-19," 9 Sep. 2020 But researchers have found some children develop multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a rare condition that causes the immune system to rev up and attack other organs. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Study says children can carry high levels of coronavirus, raising more questions about returning to school," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of inflammatory

circa 1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inflammatory was circa 1711

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“Inflammatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inflammatory. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for inflammatory

inflammatory

adjective
How to pronounce inflammatory (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of inflammatory

medical : causing or having inflammation
: causing anger

inflammatory

adjective
in·​flam·​ma·​to·​ry | \ in-ˈfla-mə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce inflammatory (audio) \

Kids Definition of inflammatory

1 : tending to excite anger or disorder an inflammatory speech
2 : causing or having inflammation an inflammatory disease

inflammatory

adjective
in·​flam·​ma·​to·​ry | \ in-ˈflam-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce inflammatory (audio) \

Medical Definition of inflammatory

: accompanied by or tending to cause inflammation inflammatory diseases

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inflammatory

noun
in·​flam·​ma·​to·​ry | \ in-ˈfla-mə-ˌtōr-ē \

Legal Definition of inflammatory

: tending to cause anger, animosity, or indignation the use of an alias by a defendant is…almost always inflammatory— F. D. Doucette

Note: Evidence, and especially photographic evidence, may be deemed inadmissible if its inflammatory nature seriously outweighs its probative value or relevance. The mere fact that evidence is graphic or gruesome, however, is not enough to render it inadmissible.

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