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cellulitis

[ sel-yuh-lahy-tis ]

noun

, Pathology.
  1. inflammation of cellular tissue.


cellulitis

/ ˌsɛljʊˈlaɪtɪs /

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 History and Origins

Origin of cellulitis1

First recorded in 1860–65; from New Latin, from cellul(a) “small room” + -itis -itis; cellular

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Word History and Origins

Origin of cellulitis1

C19: from Latin cellula cellule + -itis

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Example Sentences

It usually subsides under hot fomentations, but suppuration and even cellulitis of the orbit have been known to occur.

The cellulitis, also, may develop at some distance from the seat of inoculation, the organisms having travelled by the lymphatics.

Cellulitis of the forearm is usually a sequel to one of the deeper varieties of whitlow.

It may become purulent as a result of infection, and this may be the starting-point of lymphangitis or cellulitis.

The great thickening of the scalp in the region of the wound shows a marked cellulitis.

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