Definition of inflammation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌinfləˈmāSH(ə)n/


A localized physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or infection: chronic inflammation of the nasal cavities
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  • Local corticosteroids are used to reduce inflammation in patients with chronic tendinopathies.
  • Complications include diarrhoea, pneumonia, ear infection and inflammation of the brain.
  • Hepatitis A is an infection that leads to inflammation of the liver and is caused by the hepatitis A virus.
swelling, puffiness;
rawness, soreness, tenderness;
infection, festering, suppuration, septicity


Late Middle English: from Latin inflammatio(n-), from the verb inflammare (see inflame).

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Syllabification: in·flam·ma·tion

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