[sel-yuh-lahyt, -leet]
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

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cellulite (ˈsɛljʊˌlaɪt)
a name sometimes given to subcutaneous fat alleged to resist dieting
[C20: from French, from cellule cell]

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Word Origin & History

1968, from Fr. cellulite, from L. cellula "little cell," dim. of cella (see cell).
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Medical Dictionary

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

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Cultural Dictionary
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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Example sentences
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.
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