noun Pathology.
inflammation of cellular tissue.

1860–65; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to cellul(a) (see cellular) + -itis -itis

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cellulitis (ˌsɛljʊˈlaɪtɪs)
inflammation of any of the tissues of the body, characterized by fever, pain, swelling, and redness of the affected area
[C19: from Latin cellulacellule + -itis]

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1861, from Mod.L., from L. cellula, dim. of cella "cell" (see cell) + -itis.
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cellulitis cel·lu·li·tis (sěl'yə-lī'tĭs)
A spreading inflammation of subcutaneous or connective tissue.

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Example sentences
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.
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