inflammation

[ in-fluh-mey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɪn fləˈmeɪ ʃən /

noun

Pathology. redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, heat, and disturbed function of an area of the body, especially as a reaction of tissues to injurious agents.
the act or fact of inflaming.
the state of being inflamed.

Origin of inflammation

1525–35; < Latin inflammātiōn- (stem of inflammātiō), equivalent to inflammāt(us) (past participle of inflammāre; see inflame, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

sub·in·flam·ma·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for inflammation

inflammation

/ (ˌɪnfləˈmeɪʃən) /

noun

the reaction of living tissue to injury or infection, characterized by heat, redness, swelling, and pain
the act of inflaming or the state of being inflamed
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Medicine definitions for inflammation

inflammation

[ ĭn′flə-māshən ]

n.

A localized protective reaction of tissue to irritation, injury, or infection, characterized by pain, redness, swelling, and sometimes loss of function.

Related forms

in•flame v.
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Science definitions for inflammation

inflammation

[ ĭn′flə-māshən ]

The reaction of a part of the body to injury or infection, characterized by swelling, heat, redness, and pain. The process includes increased blood flow with an influx of white blood cells and other chemical substances that facilitate healing.
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Culture definitions for inflammation

inflammation


The response of tissue to injury or infection. Pain, heat, redness, and swelling are the four basic symptoms of inflammation.

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