verb (used with object), in·flamed, in·flam·ing.
verb (used without object), in·flamed, in·flam·ing.
- inflammatory bowel disease
Origin of inflame
mid-14c., "to set on fire with passion," from Latin inflammare "to set on fire, kindle," figuratively "to rouse, excite," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + flammare "to flame," from flamma "flame" (see flame (n.)). Literal sense of "to cause to burn" first recorded in English late 14c.