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pro-inflammatory

adjective pro-in·flam·ma·to·ry \ (ˈ)prō-in-ˈfla-mə-ˌtȯr-ē \
variants: or proinflammatory

medical Definition of pro-inflammatory

: promoting inflammation : capable of causing inflammation
  • … viruses also trigger pro-inflammatory responses, which remain poorly defined.
  • —Daniel A. Muruve et al.Nature6 Mar. 2008
  • When the lesions are traumatized, or rubbed firmly, the cutaneous mast cells may release proinflammatory mediators, causing edema, erythema, and even vesicle formation.
  • —Melissa M. Burnett et al.The New England Journal of Medicine20 Dec. 2007

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