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cellulitis

[sel-yuh-lahy-tis]
noun Pathology.
  1. inflammation of cellular tissue.
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Origin of cellulitis

1860–65; < New Latin, equivalent to cellul(a) (see cellular) + -itis -itis
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Examples from the Web for cellulitis

Historical Examples

  • In the region of the elbow-joint, cellulitis is common around the olecranon.

    Manual of Surgery

    Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

  • Cellulitis of the sole of the foot may follow whitlow of the toes.

    Manual of Surgery

    Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

  • In a few days, with rest and proper care, the swelling subsides, and in a week all traces of the cellulitis are usually gone.

  • It is a form of cellulitis requiring drainage and disinfection.

  • Cellulitis beneath the aponeurosis from mixed infection is a dangerous complication.


British Dictionary definitions for cellulitis

cellulitis

noun
  1. inflammation of any of the tissues of the body, characterized by fever, pain, swelling, and redness of the affected area
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Word Origin

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

n.

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

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cellulitis in Medicine

cellulitis

(sĕl′yə-lītĭs)
n.
  1. A spreading inflammation of subcutaneous or connective tissue.
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