Definitions for inflammationˌɪn fləˈmeɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•flam•ma•tionˌɪn fləˈmeɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. redness, swelling, and fever in a local area of the body, often with pain and disturbed function, in reaction to an infection or to a physical or chemical injury.

    Category: Pathology

  2. the act or fact of inflaming.

  3. the state of being inflamed.

Origin of inflammation:

1525–35; < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. inflammation, redness, rubor(noun)

    a response of body tissues to injury or irritation; characterized by pain and swelling and redness and heat

  2. excitement, excitation, inflammation, fervor, fervour(noun)

    the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up

    "his face was flushed with excitement and his hands trembled"; "he tried to calm those who were in a state of extreme inflammation"

  3. inflammation, inflaming(noun)

    arousal to violent emotion

  4. ignition, firing, lighting, kindling, inflammation(noun)

    the act of setting something on fire

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. inflammation(noun)ˌɪn fləˈmeɪ ʃən

    swelling or an area of swelling from infection or injury

    inflammation of the eyelid

Wiktionary

  1. inflammation(Noun)

    The act of inflaming, kindling, or setting on fire; also, the state of being inflamed.

  2. inflammation(Noun)

    A condition of any part of the body, consisting in congestion of the blood vessels, with obstruction of the blood current, and growth of morbid tissue. It is manifested outwardly by redness and swelling, attended with heat and pain.

  3. inflammation(Noun)

    Violent excitement; heat; passion; animosity; turbulence; as, an inflammation of the mind, of the body politic, or of parties.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inflammation(noun)

    the act of inflaming, kindling, or setting on fire; also, the state of being inflamed

  2. Inflammation(noun)

    a morbid condition of any part of the body, consisting in congestion of the blood vessels, with obstruction of the blood current, and growth of morbid tissue. It is manifested outwardly by redness and swelling, attended with heat and pain

  3. Inflammation(noun)

    violent excitement; heat; passion; animosity; turbulence; as, an inflammation of the mind, of the body politic, or of parties

Freebase

  1. Inflammation

    Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants. The classical signs of acute inflammation are pain, heat, redness, swelling, and loss of function. Inflammation is a protective attempt by the organism to remove the injurious stimuli and to initiate the healing process. Inflammation is not a synonym for infection, even in cases where inflammation is caused by infection. Although infection is caused by a microorganism, inflammation is one of the responses of the organism to the pathogen. However, inflammation is a stereotyped response, and therefore it is considered as a mechanism of innate immunity, as compared to adaptive immunity, which is specific for each pathogen. Progressive destruction of the tissue would compromise the survival of the organism. However, chronic inflammation can also lead to a host of diseases, such as hay fever, periodontitis, atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and even cancer. It is for that reason that inflammation is normally closely regulated by the body. Inflammation can be classified as either acute or chronic. Acute inflammation is the initial response of the body to harmful stimuli and is achieved by the increased movement of plasma and leukocytes from the blood into the injured tissues. A cascade of biochemical events propagates and matures the inflammatory response, involving the local vascular system, the immune system, and various cells within the injured tissue. Prolonged inflammation, known as chronic inflammation, leads to a progressive shift in the type of cells present at the site of inflammation and is characterized by simultaneous destruction and healing of the tissue from the inflammatory process.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Inflammation

    A pathological process characterized by injury or destruction of tissues caused by a variety of cytologic and chemical reactions. It is usually manifested by typical signs of pain, heat, redness, swelling, and loss of function.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

inflammation(noun)

(a place in the body where there is) development of heat with pain, redness and swelling

Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils.

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