Inflammation is defined as the swelling or pain that comes from an injury or illness.
An example of inflammation is a swollen joint from rheumatoid arthritis.
- the act of inflaming
- the state of being inflamed; specif., a condition of some part of the body that is a reaction to injury, infection, irritation, etc., and is characterized by varied combinations of redness, pain, heat, swelling, and loss of function
Origin of inflammationFrench from Classical Latin inflammatio
- The act of inflaming or the state of being inflamed.
- A localized protective reaction of tissue to irritation, injury, or infection, characterized by pain, redness, swelling, and sometimes loss of function.
(countable and uncountable, plural inflammations)
- The act of inflaming, kindling, or setting on fire; also, the state of being inflamed.
- (medicine) A condition of any part of the body, consisting of 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.
- Violent excitement; heat; passion; animosity; turbulence; as an inflammation of the mind, of the body politic, or of parties.
From Middle French inflammation, from Latin inflammatio