[ sel-yuh-lahyt, -leet ]
/ ˈsɛl yəˌlaɪt, -ˌlit /

noun (not in technical use)

lumpy fat deposits, especially in the thighs and buttocks.

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

/ (ˈsɛljʊˌlaɪt) /


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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Medical definitions for cellulite

[ sĕlyə-līt′ ]


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