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

Synonyms for inflammatory

Synonyms

incendiary, seditious

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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.

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Pfizer was not the first company to opt against testing a blockbuster anti-inflammatory drug for Alzheimer’s. Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Colorado Alzheimer’s researchers shift focus after failures; begin testing leukemia medicine as treatment," 6 July 2019 Pfizer was not the first company to opt against testing a blockbuster anti-inflammatory drug for Alzheimer’s. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, "Alzheimer’s research is getting a reboot at small companies focused on the immune system," 5 July 2019 Board members approved a plan that limits the use of any pain medication and treatment, including legal therapeutic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, joint injections, shockwave therapy and anabolic steroids. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "Hall of fame horse trainer says he wasn’t warned before being banned," 26 June 2019 Several medications were found in the room, including an anti-inflammatory drug, an opioid and blood-pressure medicine, Dominican officials said at a news conference last Friday. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Dominican health minister says drugs, alcohol, medical problems may have killed US couple; lawyer calls it 'ludicrous'," 25 June 2019 On Monday, Bristol-Myers said its merger with Celgene would be delayed as Celgene seeks to sell its blockbuster anti-inflammatory drug Otezla to appease regulators. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, "Behind Spate of Drug Deals, the Need for Short-Term Growth," 25 June 2019 Several medications were found in the room, including an anti-inflammatory drug, an opioid and blood-pressure medicine, García said. Danica Coto, chicagotribune.com, "Deaths of 8 American tourists in Dominican Republic this year not unusual, island’s tourism minister says," 21 June 2019 Some people may be genetically predisposed to have an inflammatory reaction to the texturing that can gradually lead to cancer, Dr. Clemens, the plastic surgeon, said. Denise Grady, New York Times, "Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer Are Recalled Worldwide," 24 July 2019 Expect that same approach in the coming year, while her father engages in the same inflammatory rhetoric and misinformation that got him into the White House in 2016. Andrea González-ramírez, refinery29.com, "Here Is Where Ivanka Trump Is More Popular Than Her Dad," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of inflammatory

circa 1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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inflammatory

adjective

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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