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cellulite

[ sel-yuh-lahyt, -leet ]
/ ˈsɛl yəˌlaɪt, -ˌlit /
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noun (not in technical use)
lumpy fat deposits, especially in the thighs and buttocks.

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Origin of cellulite

First recorded in 1970–75; from French: literally, “formation of fatty deposits under the skin,” originally, “cellulitis,” equivalent to cellule cell + -ite “-itis” (a suffix indicating inflammation) but taken in English as -ite1 (a suffix indicating part of the body); see cellule, -itis, -ite1
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British Dictionary definitions for cellulite

cellulite
/ (ˈsɛljʊˌlaɪt) /

noun
a name sometimes given to subcutaneous fat alleged to resist dieting

Word Origin for cellulite

C20: from French, from cellule cell
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for cellulite

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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