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Definition of "inflammation" []

  • The act of inflaming or the state of being inflamed. (noun)
  • A localized protective reaction of tissue to irritation, injury, or infection, characterized by pain, redness, swelling, and sometimes loss of function. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "inflammation" in a sentence
  • "Injury and repair have already been briefly considered in their relation to the normal body and to old age; there are, however, certain phenomena included under the term inflammation which follow the more extensive injuries and demand a closer consideration than was given in Chapter II."
  • "I found in medical school that I thought inflammation was found in every disease process I was looking at and came up with what I call the inflammation aging theory and it's basically this low-grade, invisible inflammation, we can't see it, we can't feel it, it goes on all the time."
  • "That is what you call inflammation as well as infection."