inflammation

[in-fluh-mey-shuhn]
noun
1.
Pathology. redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, heat, and disturbed function of an area of the body, especially as a reaction of tissues to injurious agents.
2.
the act or fact of inflaming.
3.
the state of being inflamed.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin inflammātiōn- (stem of inflammātiō), equivalent to inflammāt(us) (past participle of inflammāre; see inflame, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

subinflammation, noun
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inflammation (ˌɪnfləˈmeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the reaction of living tissue to injury or infection, characterized by heat, redness, swelling, and pain
2.  the act of inflaming or the state of being inflamed

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inflammation
"redness or swelling in a body part," 1530s; see inflame.
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inflammation in·flam·ma·tion (ĭn'flə-mā'shən)
n.
A localized protective reaction of tissue to irritation, injury, or infection, characterized by pain, redness, swelling, and sometimes loss of function.


in·flame' v.
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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.
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inflammation definition


The response of tissue to injury or infection. Pain, heat, redness, and swelling are the four basic symptoms of inflammation.

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Example sentences
External pressure or compression can cause inflammation in the ear, leading to
  increased swelling and redness.
The virus travels from the wound to the brain, where it causes swelling, or
  inflammation.
Using it against an inflammation injury was logical.
Pneumonia is the medical term for an inflammation of the lungs.
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