What does inflammatory mean?

Definitions for inflammatory
ɪnˈflæm əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr iin·flam·ma·to·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inflammatoryadjective

    characterized or caused by inflammation

    "an inflammatory process"; "an inflammatory response"

  2. incendiary, incitive, inflammatory, instigative, rabble-rousing, seditiousadjective

    arousing to action or rebellion


  1. inflammatoryadjective

    Tending to inflame or provoke somebody.

    Sam posted an inflammatory comment in the talk page.

  2. inflammatoryadjective

    Causing or caused by inflammation.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Inflammatoryadjective

    Having the power of inflaming.

    Etymology: from inflame.

    The extremity of pain often creates a coldness in the extremities: such a sensation is very consistent with an inflammatory distemper. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.

    An inflammatory fever hurried him out of this life in three days. Alexander Pope, to Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inflammatoryadjective

    tending to inflame, kindle, or irritate

  2. Inflammatoryadjective

    tending to excite anger, animosity, tumult, or sedition; seditious; as, inflammatory libels, writings, speeches, or publications

  3. Inflammatoryadjective

    accompanied with, or tending to cause, preternatural heat and excitement of arterial action; as, an inflammatory disease

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. inflammatoire.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inflammatory in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inflammatory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of inflammatory in a Sentence

  1. Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton:

    Given the volatility of the protests, I think it's misguided regardless of the protest, it's inflammatory and is triggering upset and anger.

  2. Simone Pika:

    We do not know whether the observed behavior involves empathy, we know that it may qualify as prosocial behaviour, meaning it may increase the welfare of another animal -- feeling better via the social attention and caring, or via substances in the saliva-insect mix that may be soothing or anti-inflammatory. There are examples of chimpanzees adopting and rescuing other chimpanzees, which may involve empathy.

  3. Miguel Rodriguez:

    There is no criminal investigation and never has been. To say otherwise is just patently false and needlessly inflammatory.

  4. Richard Levitan:

    I believe pulse oximetry is incredibly valuable if we were to use it in the window of time that the disease begins to gather strength, which is usually five to 10 days out from when someone is first infected, then the other thing is to measure inflammatory markers when we observe them in the hospital and use the variety of medicines at our disposal to address inflammation. It's time to get ahead of this virus instead of chasing it.

  5. Roz Rothstein:

    It is very concerning that the [DSG] president has chosen to veto recognition of Duke’s SSI chapter based on the misguided notion that calling out false and inflammatory anti-Israel rhetoric online is unethical. SSI had every right to respond to the polemics, and the student who posted her opinion about having an SSI group on campus should have expected a response to her antisemitic comment.Penalizing the SSI group for responding to an antisemitic comment represents a double standard.We call on Duke’s student government to reverse this poor decision.

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