inflammation in·flam·ma·tion (ĭn'flə-mā'shən)
A localized protective reaction of tissue to irritation, injury, or infection, characterized by pain, redness, swelling, and sometimes loss of function.
|inflammation (ĭn'flə-mā'shən) Pronunciation Key
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.
The response of tissue to injury or infection. Pain, heat, redness, and swelling are the four basic symptoms of inflammation.