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[sel-yuh-lahy-tis] /ˌsɛl yəˈlaɪ tɪs/
noun, Pathology
inflammation of cellular tissue.
Origin of cellulitis
1860-65; < New Latin, equivalent to cellul(a) (see cellular) + -itis -itis Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cellulitis
  • The risk of skin rashes and some infections including cellulitis and endocarditis may be increased.
  • It is similar to cellulitis, but it only involves the top layers of the skin.
  • cellulitis and osteomyelitis are treated with antibiotics.
  • Ludwig's angina is a type of cellulitis that involves the floor of the mouth, under the tongue.
British Dictionary definitions for cellulitis


inflammation of any of the tissues of the body, characterized by fever, pain, swelling, and redness of the affected area
Word Origin
C19: from Latin cellulacellule + -itis
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Word Origin and History for cellulitis

1832, from Latin cellula, diminutive of cella "cell" (see cell) + -itis.

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cellulitis in Medicine

cellulitis cel·lu·li·tis (sěl'yə-lī'tĭs)
A spreading inflammation of subcutaneous or connective tissue.

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