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[sel-yuh-lahyt, -leet] /ˈsɛl yəˌlaɪt, -ˌlit/
noun, (not in technical use)
lumpy fat deposits, especially in the thighs and buttocks.
1970-75; < French: formation of fatty deposits under the skin, orig., cellulitis, equivalent to cellule cell (see cellule) + -ite -itis, taken in E as -ite1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cellulite
  • As cellulite deteriorates your sensitive skin your skin color starts to misplace its elasticity.
  • Cosmetics firms are touting new types of skin creams to ward off aging and cellulite, but so far the evidence is scant.
  • Corrective treatments include detoxifying herbal wraps, cellulite smoothing and body contour slimming.
British Dictionary definitions for cellulite


a name sometimes given to subcutaneous fat alleged to resist dieting
Word Origin
C20: from French, from cellule cell
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Word Origin and History for cellulite

"lumpy, dimpled fat," 1968, from French cellulite, from cellule "a small cell" (16c., from Latin cellula "little cell," diminutive of cella; see cell) + -ite (see -ite (1)).

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cellulite in Medicine

cellulite cel·lu·lite (sěl'yə-līt')
A fatty deposit causing a dimpled or uneven appearance, as around the thighs.

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cellulite in Culture
cellulite [(sel-yuh-leyet, sel-yuh-leet)]

A popular term for fat that is difficult to remove by dieting and that often has a dimpled appearance. There is no physiological difference between cellulite and ordinary fat.

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