inflammatory

[in-flam-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]

adjective

tending to arouse anger, hostility, passion, etc.: inflammatory speeches.
Pathology. of or caused by inflammation.

Nearby words

  1. infl.,
  2. inflame,
  3. inflamed,
  4. inflammable,
  5. inflammation,
  6. inflammatory bowel disease,
  7. inflammatory carcinoma,
  8. inflammatory lymph,
  9. inflammatory papillary hyperplasia,
  10. inflammatory pseudotumor

Origin of inflammatory

1725–35; < Latin inflammāt(us) (see inflammation) + -ory1

Related formsin·flam·ma·to·ri·ly, adverbnon·in·flam·ma·to·ry, adjectivesub·in·flam·ma·to·ry, adjective

Can be confusedinflammable inflammatory

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British Dictionary definitions for inflammatory

inflammatory

adjective

characterized by or caused by inflammation
tending to arouse violence, strong emotion, etc
Derived Formsinflammatorily, adverb

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Word Origin and History for inflammatory

inflammatory

adj.

1680s (n.), from Latin inflammat-, past participle stem of inflammare (see inflame) + -ory. As an adjective, "tending to rouse passions or desires," 1711; from 1732 in pathology.

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Medicine definitions for inflammatory

inflammatory

[ĭn-flămə-tôr′ē]

adj.

Characterized or caused by inflammation.

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