noun Pathology.

inflammation of cellular tissue.

Origin of cellulitis

1860–65; < New Latin, equivalent to cellul(a) (see cellular) + -itis -itis
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inflammation of any of the tissues of the body, characterized by fever, pain, swelling, and redness of the affected area

Word Origin for cellulitis

C19: from Latin cellula cellule + -itis
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Word Origin and History for cellulitis

1832, from Latin cellula, diminutive of cella "cell" (see cell) + -itis.

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cellulitis in Medicine




A spreading inflammation of subcutaneous or connective tissue.
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