[in-flam-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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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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  1. characterized by or caused by inflammation
  2. tending to arouse violence, strong emotion, etc
Derived Formsinflammatorily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inflammatory

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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inflammatory in Medicine


  1. Characterized or caused by inflammation.
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