Inflammation In*flam*ma"tion ([i^]n*fl[a^]m*m[=a]"sh[u^]n), n. [L. inflammatio: cf. F. inflammation. See {Inflame}.] 1. The act of inflaming, kindling, or setting on fire; also, the state of being inflamed. ``The inflammation of fat.'' --Wilkins. [1913 Webster]

2. (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. [1913 Webster +PJC]

3. Violent excitement; heat; passion; animosity; turbulence; as, an inflammation of the mind, of the body politic, or of parties. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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