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Definition of the noun inflammation

What does inflammation mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: inflammations

  1. a response of body tissues to injury or irritation; characterized by pain and swelling and redness and heat
  2. the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up
    • example: he tried to calm those who were in a state of extreme inflammation
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of inflammation: excitation / excitement / fervor / fervour
    • more generic term: emotional arousal = the arousal of strong emotions and emotional behavior
    • more specific terms:
      • fever pitch = a state of extreme excitement
      • sensation = a state of widespread public excitement and interest
    • attributes:
  3. arousal to violent emotion
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of inflammation: inflaming
    • more generic words: arousal / rousing = the act of arousing
  4. the act of setting something on fire

Alternative definition of the noun inflammation


  1. The act of inflaming, kindling, or setting on fire; also, the state of being inflamed.
  2. [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.
  3. Violent excitement; heat; passion; animosity; turbulence; as, an inflammation of the mind, of the body politic, or of parties.

Specialised definition of the noun inflammation

Glossary of sports

the fact of having become sore, red and swollen as a reaction to an infection, an irritation or a blow (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


Inflammation: A localized protective response resulting from injury or destruction of tissues. Inflammation serves to destroy, dilute, or wall off both the injurious agent and the injured tissue. In the acute phase, inflammation is characterized by the signs of pain, heat, redness, swelling, and loss of function. Histologically, inflammation 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 leukocyte migration into the site of inflammation.

Phrases with Inflammation

  1. myocardial inflammation
  2. peritoneal inflammation

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Inflammation

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Google previewThe Nature of Disease (2007)

Pathology for the Health Professions by Thomas H. McConnell

Acute inflammation is the result of short-term injury...

Inflammation is a chain of events involving white blood cells, blood vessels, special blood proteins, and molecules released from injured tissue. Injured cells release substances into the ...

Google previewPacific Dental Gazette (1914)

Inflammation is a vital reaction, the ultimate purpose of which is the re- establishment of function with the least degree of stress on the...

The cause of inflammation is an appropriate degree of irritation which persists, but which does not at once endanger the life of the part.

Google previewTrial for Mal-practice, Frank P. Frisby, by His Next Friend, Pearson Noble, Vs. Dr. Leonard Pratt, in the Circuit Court of Carroll County, State of Illinois, March 7th, 1864 (1864)

by John S. Cochrane

Inflammation is a diseased condition — the effect of injury. Pus is not found save as a...

Google previewA Dictionary of Medicine Including General Pathology, General Therapeutics, Hygiene, and the Diseases Peculiar to Women and Children (1884)

by Sir Richard Quain (bart.)

Croupous inflammation is that form in which a able exudation is formed upon a mucous surface.

Google previewMolecular Basis of Health and Disease (2011)

by Undurti N. Das

Inflammation is the complex biological response of vascular tissue to harmful stimuli such as pathogens, damaged cells or irritants [1] that consists of both vascular and cellular responses. Inflammation is a protective attempt by the organism to ...

Google previewDecoding Longevity (2014)

Ending Aging as We Know It by Bryant Villeponteau, Ph.D.

Acute inflammation is the natural response of the immune system to injury or infection and it is important mechanism for...

A key biomarker for chronic inflammation is a blood protein called C-Reactive Protein (CRP), which is produced in the ...

Google previewBasic Sciences for Ophthalmology (2013)

by Louise Bye, Neil Modi, Miles Stanford

Inflammation is the response of tissue to a noxious stimulus. The response can be localized or generalized, and the stimulus infectious or non- infectious. Non-infectious stimuli can be broken down into exogenous or endogenous.

Google previewAn Illustrated Dictionary of Medicine, Biology and Allied Sciences (1898)

Including the Pronunciation, Accentuation, Derivation, and Definition of the Terms Used in Medicine, Anatomy, Surgery ... by George Milbry Gould

inflammation is a local reaction, often beneficial, of the living tissues against the...

Google previewKaplan's Cardiac Anesthesia (2011)

Expert Consult Premium by Joel A. Kaplan, David L. Reich, Steven N. Konstadt

A large body of evidence suggests that excessive systemic inflammation is a cause of postoperative organ dysfunction. 4. No interventions ...

Google previewOcular Pathology E-Book (2014)

Expert Consult by Myron Yanoff, Joseph W. Sassani

Inflammation is the response of a tissue or tissues to a II. III.

In a general way, inflammation is a response to a foreign stimulus that may involve specific (immunologic) or nonspecific reactions. Immune reactions arise in ...

Google previewGeneral Principles of Tumor Immunotherapy (2007)

Basic and Clinical Applications of Tumor Immunology by Howard L. Kaufman, Jedd D. Wolchok

Local tissue response to tumor progression resembles the process of chronic inflammation. Inflammation is a normal component of wound healing or tissue repair. Several years ago, H. Dworak described tumors as wounds that do not heal ...

Google previewSmoking and Lung Inflammation (2013)

Basic, Pre-Clinical and Clinical Research Advances by Thomas Rogers, Gerard J. Criner, William D. Cornwell

Systemic inflammation is an established feature of COPD, often accompanied by inflammation in the heart, blood vessels, and...

Google previewBrain Tumors (2009)

by Mark Cohen, MD, David E. Elder, MB, ChB, Bette K. Kleinschmidt-DeMasters, MD, Richard Prayson, MD

Perivascular chronic inflammation is a fairly frequent finding. A subset of tumors may demonstrate calcification. Many of the large, bizarre-appearing cells demonstrate GFAP immunoreactivity. It is not unusual to find occasional cells in these ...

Google previewMedical Lexicon. A New Dictionary of Medical Science, containing a concise account of the various subjects and terms, ... and formulae for ... preparations etc. Third edition (1865)

INFLAMMATION—INFRAORBITAR. ___;°._. Inflammation may end by resolution, suppuration, gangrene, adhesion, efl'usion, or indurntion. Each of the inflammations of internal organs has received a name according to the organ affected; ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

inflammation n. The body's response to an area affected by trauma, infection, or invasion by a foreign ...

Google previewA Compendious Dictionary of the Veterinary Art (1817)

Containing a Concise Explanation of the Various Terms Used in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery: Also, a Short Description of the Anatomy Or Structure of the Eye, the Foot, and Other Important Parts of the Horse. With Practical Observations on His Diseases, as Well as Those of Other Domestic Animals by James White

INFLAMMAtion GENERAL. See Fever, Inflammatory. INFLAMMATIon INTFRN AI. Inflammation rarely, perhaps never, attacks all the internal parts at the same time; it is usually confined to the contents, or some part of the contents, of one of the ...

Google previewA Compendious Dictionary of the Veterinary Art: containing a concise explanation of the various terms used in veterinary medicine and surgery, etc (1817)

by James WHITE (Veterinary Surgeon.)

INFLAMMATION GENERAL. See Fever, Inflammatory. ' INFLAMMATION INTERNAL. Inflammation rarely, perhaps never, attacks all the internal parts at the same time; it is usually confined to the contents, or some part of the contents, oi'one of' ...

Google previewThe Portable Encyclopaedia: Or, A Dictionary of the Arts and Sciences (1831)

On the Basis of Dr. Gregory's Comprehending the Latest Improvements in Every Branch of Useful Knowledge by James Mitchell

Phrenitis, inflammation of the brain. This, as a sthenic affection, independently of proper maniacal disorder, or febrile affection, is an extremely rare disease. Symptoms. Redness of the face and eyes, impatience of light and sound, ...

Google previewThe Eat Right 4 Your Type The complete Blood Type Encyclopedia (2002)

by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo, Catherine Whitney

Inflammation is closely integrated with the immune responses that constitute healing and repair of damaged tissue. Virtually all of the white blood cells ( neutrophils, lymphocytes, eosinophils, basophils, and monocytes), as well as the blood ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

inflammation. of. appendix. 384. influence. infl infl infl infl infl infl infl infl infl infl infl infl infl infl inf! infl infl infl infl infl inf; inf infl infl infl infl infl infl infl infl infl infl infl infl infl infl infl infl infl infl infl infl enlargement, heat, infection, lump, protuberance, ...

Google previewA Pentaglot Dictionary of the Terms Employed in Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology... (1845)

by Shirley Palmer

der Kinnbackenholilen, inflammation of maxillary antra, s. Anire. Entziind. der Knorpel, inflammation of cartilages, Chondrite. Entziind., langwierige, chronic, slow inflammation, s. Chronique. Entziind. der Leber, sclileichende, chronic ...

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I have lived most my life with chronic inflammation and constant pain with immediate diarrhea. (Mike McCready)
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The value of this 12-letter word is 19 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.


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