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noun, plural: inflammations

(medicine) The end result of the different bodily processes, in response to an injurious agent.


Inflammation may be acute or chronic. It is a result of a cascade of physiologic processes in response to an injurious agent such as microbes, allergens, etc.

Cardinal signs of inflammation include the following:

Word origin: Latin inflammatio, inflammare, (to set on fire)

Related form(s): inflame (verb), inflammatory (adjective)

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