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[in-flam-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈflæm əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
tending to arouse anger, hostility, passion, etc.:
inflammatory speeches.
Pathology. of or caused by inflammation.
Origin of inflammatory
1725-35; < Latin inflammāt(us) (see inflammation) + -ory1
Related forms
inflammatorily, adverb
noninflammatory, adjective
subinflammatory, adjective
Can be confused
inflammable, inflammatory.
1. fiery, incendiary, provocative. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inflammatory
  • Researchers do not know the exact causes of inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Your post was either meant to be inflammatory or was ignorant.
  • Rates of inflammatory disease have been rising for decades among adults and children alike.
  • Tourists who avoid making inflammatory comments face no problems.
  • Of course, there's rhetorical danger in lumping so many types of organization under such an inflammatory heading.
  • Where it goes wrong is when loneliness becomes chronic, and the inflammatory response becomes chronic at the same time.
  • Research tells us that pepper spray acts as a potent inflammatory agent.
  • The test is done to detect cancer and inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract.
  • It was obvious that his views did not coincide with mine, and his rhetoric in some instances was highly inflammatory.
  • But only a few years earlier he was in the throes of an inflammatory bowel disease known as ulcerative colitis.
British Dictionary definitions for inflammatory


/ɪnˈflæmətərɪ; -trɪ/
characterized by or caused by inflammation
tending to arouse violence, strong emotion, etc
Derived Forms
inflammatorily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inflammatory

1680s (n.), from Latin inflammat-, past participle stem of inflammare (see inflame) + -ory. As an adjective, "tending to rouse passions or desires," 1711; from 1732 in pathology.

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inflammatory in Medicine

inflammatory in·flam·ma·to·ry (ĭn-flām'ə-tôr'ē)
Characterized or caused by inflammation.

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