• WordNet 3.6
    • n inflammation the act of setting something on fire
    • n inflammation arousal to violent emotion
    • n inflammation the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up "his face was flushed with excitement and his hands trembled","he tried to calm those who were in a state of extreme inflammation"
    • n inflammation a response of body tissues to injury or irritation; characterized by pain and swelling and redness and heat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inflammation (Med) A morbid 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 tenderness, heat and pain. It may be caused by exposure to any number of injurious agents.
    • Inflammation The act of inflaming, kindling, or setting on fire; also, the state of being inflamed. "The inflammation of fat."
    • Inflammation Violent excitement; heat; passion; animosity; turbulence; as, an inflammation of the mind, of the body politic, or of parties.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inflammation The act of inflaming; the act of setting on fire or of taking fire, actually or figuratively.
    • n inflammation A fiery, heated, or inflamed condition, especially as resulting from passion, excessive stimulation, as by intoxicating liquors, etc.
    • n inflammation In pathology, a morbid condition usually characterized by swelling, pain, heat, and redness. The inflamed tissue contains blood in excess, or is hyperemic, and the blood-vessels are so modified as to allow a large transit of plasma and blood-corpuscles through their walls; these extravasated materials accumulate in the surrounding tissues, which exhibit more or less profound derangement of nutrition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Inflammation state of being in flame: heat of a part of the body, with pain, redness, and swelling: violent excitement: heat
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  • James Thurber
    “With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and definite hardening of the paragraphs.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Dreading that climax of all human ills the inflammation of his weekly bills.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inflammatio,: cf. F. inflammation,. See Inflame
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. inflammārein, into, flamma, a flame.


In literature:

That 'inflammation' may be a big thing,' but give me some old-fashioned toon.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 14, July 2, 1870" by Various
Her heart seemed not easy to reach; her impulses were not inflammable.
"The Spenders" by Harry Leon Wilson
Now we have to add gasoline to the interesting catalogue of inflammables.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 25, September 17, 1870" by Various
But my daughter is manifestly most inflammable, wherefore I will burn her.
"The Twilight of the Gods, and Other Tales" by Richard Garnett
Soon it spread to the covered galleries and the terrace, which stopped the progress of the inflammable materials.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 2" by Various
This had seemed to heighten the inflammation of his utterances.
"The Boss of Little Arcady" by Harry Leon Wilson
These sacs answer a very important purpose, and are liable to various forms of inflammation.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
By neglecting these precautions, colds, rheumatisms, inflammations, fevers, consumptions, and death, may ensue.
"The Young Mother" by William A. Alcott
He loves and hates with the same inflammation, and when the heat is over is cool alike to friends and enemies.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
As has been seen, Quoin was full of unaccountable whimsies; he was, withal, a very cross, bitter, ill-natured, inflammable old man.
"White Jacket" by Herman Melville

In poetry:

He told me at once what was ailing me;
He said I had been writing too much poetry,
And from writing poetry I would have to refrain,
Because I was suffering from inflammation on the brain.
"A Tribute to Dr. Murison" by William Topaz McGonagall
The inflammable matter rendered their efforts of no avail,
And the brave sailors with over-exertion looked very pale;
And for hours in the darkness they tried to check the fire,
But the flames still mounted higher and higher.
"The Burning of the Ship 'Kent'" by William Topaz McGonagall
The fire brigade played on the first door with greet speed,
But the flames had very inflammable fuel upon which to feed,
So that the fire spread with awful rapidity,
And in twenty minutes the building was doomed to the fourth storey.
"The Disastrous Fire at Scarborough" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Eat away your inflammation.
Uveitis is an inflammation of the eye that typically causes blindness in girls between the ages of 4 and 6.
The right hander, who missed Sunday's start against San Diego, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation.
It also promotes weight loss and reduces inflammation, they noted.
Does Helicobacter pylori play a role in upper respiratory tract inflammation.
This sounds like inflammation of the patellofemoral joint.
Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatment of inflammation of the Achilles tendon.
It is often assumed that if there is pain, there must be inflammation.
Urethritis (YUR-a-THRYT-is) is the inflammation of the urethra (you-REE-thruh), which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of your body.
Chiropractic involves specific joint adjustments that restore proper motion to those joints, alleviating pain and inflammation.
Magnolia Bark for Antiaging, Anti-inflammation.
In 2006 she was diagnosed with pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas that sometimes requires hospitalization during an attack.
This week, Kim and Vicki are cooking up meals that will help you live better with inflammation.
Gut Bug Links Inflammation to Colorectal Cancer.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers closer Neftali Feliz (FSY) has been put on the 15-day disabled list because of right shoulder inflammation, leaving the defending American League champions unsettled at the back end of their bullpen.

In science:

High blood BA level can be toxic for tissues and cause rising of permeability of membranes and local inflammation.
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
It is very dangerous if there is local inflammation.
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
Neu are formed from cellsprecursors in bone marrow and then move to blood to perform "fast reaction" function both in blood and in tissues where they migrate in the case of inflammation (Male 2006).
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
Long pentraxin 3: a marker of inflammation in untreated psoriatic patients.
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
Inflammation is one of the mechanisms known to participate in the progression of brain injury (Dirnagl et al. 1999;Dirnagl 2004).
Post-ischaemic treatment with the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor nimesulide reduces blood-brain barrier disruption and leukocyte infiltration following transient focal cerebral ischaemia in rats