Definition of Inflammation

1. Noun. A response of body tissues to injury or irritation; characterized by pain and swelling and redness and heat.

Exact synonyms: Redness, Rubor
Group relationships: Inflammatory Disease
Specialized synonyms: Adenitis, Alveolitis, Alveolitis, Dry Socket, Angiitis, Aortitis, Appendicitis, Arteritis, Balanitis, Balanoposthitis, Blepharitis, Bursitis, Carditis, Catarrh, Cellulitis, Cervicitis, Cheilitis, Cholangitis, Cholecystitis, Chorditis, Chorditis, Colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colpitis, Colpocystitis, Conjunctivitis, Pinkeye, Corditis, Costochondritis, Dacryocystitis, Diverticulitis, Cephalitis, Encephalitis, Phrenitis, Encephalomyelitis, Endarteritis, Endocervicitis, Enteritis, Epicondylitis, Epididymitis, Epiglottitis, Episcleritis, Esophagitis, Oesophagitis, Fibrositis, Fibromyositis, Folliculitis, Funiculitis, Gastritis, Glossitis, Hydrarthrosis, Ileitis, Iridocyclitis, Iridokeratitis, Iritis, Jejunitis, Jejunoileitis, Keratitis, Keratoconjunctivitis, Keratoiritis, Keratoscleritis, Founder, Laminitis, Laryngitis, Laryngopharyngitis, Laryngotracheobronchitis, Lymphadenitis, Lymphangitis, Mastitis, Mastoiditis, Endometritis, Metritis, Myelitis, Myositis, Myometritis, Neuritis, Oophoritis, Orchitis, Osteitis, Otitis, Ovaritis, Pancreatitis, Parametritis, Parotitis, Peritoneal Inflammation, Peritonitis, Phalangitis, Phlebitis, Pneumonitis, Posthitis, Proctitis, Prostatitis, Rachitis, Radiculitis, Retinitis, Coryza, Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Salpingitis, Scleritis, Sialadenitis, Splenitis, Spondylitis, Stomatitis, Synovitis, Tarsitis, Tendinitis, Tendonitis, Tenonitis, Thyroiditis, Tonsillitis, Tracheitis, Tracheobronchitis, Tympanitis, Ulitis, Ureteritis, Uveitis, Uvulitis, Vaginitis, Valvulitis, Vasculitis, Vasovesiculitis, Vesiculitis, Vulvitis, Vulvovaginitis, Shin Splints
Generic synonyms: Symptom
Derivative terms: Inflame, Inflame, Red

2. Noun. The state of being emotionally aroused and worked up. "He tried to calm those who were in a state of extreme inflammation"
Exact synonyms: Excitation, Excitement, Fervor, Fervour
Generic synonyms: Emotional Arousal
Specialized synonyms: Fever Pitch, Sensation
Attributes: Exciting, Unexciting
Derivative terms: Excite, Excite, Excite, Excite, Excite, Excite

3. Noun. Arousal to violent emotion.
Exact synonyms: Inflaming
Generic synonyms: Arousal, Rousing
Derivative terms: Inflame, Inflame

4. Noun. The act of setting something on fire.
Exact synonyms: Firing, Ignition, Kindling, Lighting
Generic synonyms: Burning, Combustion
Derivative terms: Ignite, Ignite, Inflame, Inflame, Kindle

Definition of Inflammation

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

Definition of Inflammation

1. Noun. The act of inflaming, kindling, or setting on fire; also, the state of being inflamed. ¹

2. Noun. (symptom) 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. ¹

3. Noun. Violent excitement; heat; passion; animosity; turbulence; as, an inflammation of the mind, of the body politic, or of parties. ¹

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Definition of Inflammation

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Medical Definition of Inflammation

1. A localised protective response elicited by injury or destruction of tissues, which serves to destroy, dilute or wall off (sequester) both the injurious agent and the injured tissue. It is characterised in the acute form by the classical signs of pain (dolor), heat (calor), redness (rubor), swelling (tumour) and loss of function (functio laesa). Histologically, it involves a complex series of events, including dilatation of arterioles, capillaries and venules, with increased permeability and blood flow, exudation of fluids, including plasma proteins and leucocytic migration into the inflammatory focus. Origin: L. Inflammatio, inflammare = to set on fire (11 Jun 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Inflammation

inflammable air
inflammation (current term)
inflammation: gallium imaging
inflammation mediators
inflammatory bowel disease
inflammatory bowel diseases
inflammatory carcinoma
inflammatory corpuscle
inflammatory disease
inflammatory gallbladder disease
inflammatory lymph

Literary usage of Inflammation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1870)
"By far the most efficient remedy in inflammation of any organ is ... A blister will cure bursitis when nothing else will, and inflammation of a bursa does ..."

2. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1888)
"By typhlitis we shall understand inflammation of the caecum ; by peri-typhlitis, inflammation of the peritoneum covering the caecum ; by para-typhlitis, ..."

3. Microscopical Morphology of the Animal Body in Health and Disease by Carl Heitzmann (1882)
"The articles in this chapter on inflammation of the connective tissue are ... inflammation of the myxomatous variety of connective tissue is not upon in the ..."

4. A Treatise on the Diseases of Infancy and Childhood by Job Lewis Smith (1872)
"Billard, after analyzing eighty cases of intestinal inflammation in infants, says: "From this calculation, it is evidently very difficult to make a correct ..."

5. Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Bart by John Gibson Lockhart (1837)
"5. i inflammation and its consequences, eternal inflammations. ... inflammation of the eye. Ulcération of the cornea. Films on the eye. ..."

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