[sel-yuh-lahyt, -leet]

noun (not in technical use)

lumpy fat deposits, especially in the thighs and buttocks.

Nearby words

  1. cellulate,
  2. cellule,
  3. cellulicidal,
  4. cellulifugal,
  5. cellulipetal,
  6. cellulitis,
  7. celluloid,
  8. cellulolytic,
  9. cellulose,
  10. cellulose acetate

Origin of cellulite

1970–75; < French: formation of fatty deposits under the skin, orig., cellulitis, equivalent to cellule cell (see cellule) + -ite -itis, taken in E as -ite1

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British Dictionary definitions for cellulite



a name sometimes given to subcutaneous fat alleged to resist dieting

Word Origin for cellulite

C20: from French, from cellule cell

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Word Origin and History for cellulite



"lumpy, dimpled fat," 1968, from French cellulite, from cellule "a small cell" (16c., from Latin cellula "little cell," diminutive of cella; see cell) + -ite (see -ite (1)).

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Medicine definitions for cellulite




A fatty deposit causing a dimpled or uneven appearance, as around the thighs.

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Culture definitions for cellulite


[(sel-yuh-leyet, sel-yuh-leet)]

A popular term for fat that is difficult to remove by dieting and that often has a dimpled appearance. There is no physiological difference between cellulite and ordinary fat.

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