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inflation

[in-fley-shuh n] /ɪnˈfleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
Economics. a persistent, substantial rise in the general level of prices related to an increase in the volume of money and resulting in the loss of value of currency (opposed to deflation).
2.
the act of inflating.
3.
the state of being inflated.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English inflacio(u)n < Latin inflātiōn- (stem of inflātiō). See inflate, -ion
Related forms
anti-inflation, noun, adjective
noninflation, noun
overinflation, noun
reinflation, noun
self-inflation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for self-inflation

inflation

/ɪnˈfleɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of inflating or state of being inflated
2.
(economics) a progressive increase in the general level of prices brought about by an expansion in demand or the money supply (demand-pull inflation) or by autonomous increases in costs (cost-push inflation) Compare deflation
3.
(informal) the rate of increase of prices
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Word Origin and History for self-inflation

inflation

n.

mid-14c., "swelling caused by gathering of 'wind' in the body; flatulence;" figuratively, "outbursts of pride," from Latin inflationem (nominative inflatio) "a puffing up; flatulence," noun of action from past participle stem of inflare "blow into, puff up," from in- "into" (see in- (2)) + flare "to blow" (see blow (v.1)). Monetary sense of "enlargement of prices" (originally by an increase in the amount of money in circulation) first recorded 1838 in American English.

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self-inflation in Medicine

inflation in·fla·tion (ĭn-flā'shən)
n.

  1. Distention with a fluid or gas.

  2. The act of distending an organ or body part with a fluid or gas.

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self-inflation in Culture

inflation definition


A general increase in prices.

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